I’m taking permission to take care of myself. In the last couple of years, I’ve found that more self-care is necessary to be able to perform at an optimal level than I ever thought permissable, much less necessary. No, I don’t think I’m turning into a narcissist. Far from it. What I have observed is that if I don’t perform the daily routines of prayer, reading the Scriptures, reading for my own growth and development, exercising, and eating well is that someone pays the penalty. Sometimes it’s me. Sometimes it’s my loved ones. Sometimes it’s a student or a parent that just happened to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Regardless, I am taking permission to pay the price so that this doesn’t happen. In this way, I will invest time and resources into what matters most and be better able to care for others as I do so.