Jada Pinkett Smith: “Take care of yourself…inside and out”


jadaBy Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses

Mediocrity is something that many of us have become accustomed to living with. We want and need more but we settle for less. This is especially true with women because we tend to be nurturers; taking care of everyone else but not ourselves.

While it is a noble thing to want to love and care for your family, friends and other loved ones, there must be a balance between taking care of others and taking care of yourself.

In a recent Facebook post, Jada Pinkett Smith, who often has some very sound insights, shared her thoughts about taking care of your emotional needs. Her post is below:

“I have made a discovery about emotional habits. We have to make sure we are always protecting our emotional spaces and emotional needs. One should never get used to depriving oneself emotionally. I have noticed that when we accept long periods of unhappiness we get in the habit of being unhappy, even when events that we should be happy about are occurring in our lives. We lose the capacity to be joyous and enthusiastic if we don’t farm these spaces within ourselves. We really have to take notice and take responsibility for the emotional habits we nurture.

Take care of yourself…inside and out.




  1. Many cannot eat, J. There is no happiness there. We are kept poor so that we will jump at the chance of getting out of the predicament. It only takes a few of us who jumped at the chance (e.g., did whatever to become a star) to get others in our group to want to jump too. The jumpers become enemies of the masses of their group without realizing it. Their group cannot join together to stop the people who offer the degrading inticements because the jumpers act as hindrances in an effort to protect their new predicament (stardom/riches). Effectively, the jumpers become sell-outs and must be removed from the enemey’s front line before change can really take place.

  2. Darrell Johnson on

    “You are the company you keep.” Folk hate it when they can’t control you and your habits. Be accountable for your actions.

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