Oftentimes people mistakenly believe that by accepting responsibility to take care of their own health and happiness, they’re somehow being selfish. And no mature, conscious person wants to be “selfish.” This is yet another obstacle we need to overcome in order to reclaim sovereignty in our own lives.

The fact is, we are being self-responsible when we prioritize, each day, doing what we need to in order to recover and renew our physical, mental and emotional well-being. That means we must choose to make time for exercise, eating healthy meals, rest, recovery and sleep. We also must choose to create at least some quiet time for self-reflection and to clear and calm the mind. We must also choose to make time for doing things which we enjoy and that bring us happiness. These can be very simple things, for example: taking an evening walk at sunset; listening to your favorite music; getting out to enjoy your favorite hobby on a weekend. Although this all sounds simple, if we perceive them as being selfish, we’ll resist and put them off.

If you are a caretaker by nature, as I am, it is important to remember that we can’t give what we don’t have–and when we are low on energy and strength, it’s time to make renewing and re-energizing our selves a top priority! Make the commitment, starting right now, to make your health a priority and I promise, you will find you have more to give others who need your help.

Wishing you the best of health,
Bill Phillips


  1. such perfect timing with this message . it’s like you were reading my mind . thank you so much for writing this .

  2. Lisa Mis says:

    Thank you! Needed this reminder today.

    Believe in the darkness what you have seen in the light. ~ Lilias Trotter


  3. dalekirkendall says:

    Nice message and true, I am doing my bucket list in Europe now days,Be safe everybodyDa

  4. Amazing..
    I found you 21 years ago at a magazine stand the lowest point of my life. I was looking for answers and there you stood out right in front of my face..for whatever reason.
    Transformed my whole life.
    Four years or so ago, life and its trials and responsibilities changed, and I let up onmy grasp.
    The last few months have been rough, coming to a head yesterday when I find out my oldest sister has a very hard battle to wage on cancer ahead of her, as did my baby sister had 6 years ago, but lost.
    Went for a walk out here on the farm, sorting everything out..priorities.all the things that held me together some years ago.
    Come in for breakfast before taking off to the rat race….
    and finding you again with your email…and words that I know are true.
    perfect timing Bill.
    Thanks once again for saving my life..second time around.

  5. Truer words were never spoken, Mr. Phillips. May I say you’ve always had the uncanny knack of reminding me of my priorities when I need it the most. Thank you, Sir.

  6. Kaye Eger Stotler says:

    Being committed to better health takes a plan. I organize my goals on my calendar and then record what I have accomplished each day. Thank you for giving me a path to follow for health.

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