Self care. Sometimes it is impossible, sometimes it’s hanging on by a thread, completing the tasks that are immediate and putting out fires. Sometimes you don’t even see an end in sight. You might start slouching a bit more, grabbing clothes, and just praying you can get through the week without falling apart, or forgetting something major. Or maybe that’s just me.
The list of what isn’t completed is stacking up and for all the good you are doing, it feels like you can barely catch your breath. Sound familiar?
My joy was gone. Everything that was wonderful lost a bit of luster and my home carried the brunt of the storm, along with my joy.
This past weekend, I got a few days to catch up on a few things. I cleaned my refrigerator and found things growing. Together my husband daughter and I folded clothes that were stacked up, we cleaned out the pantry.
My daughter and I went for a major grocery shopping trip as well as some necessities.
Without me realizing, she packed our swimsuits and mentioned on the way to go to the water park. My response has been We will see but I doubt we have the time. Too much to do.
Well I stopped. I said why not. And we went for two hours last Friday.
We played and laughed and swam.
I napped this weekend too. Several times. Walked with a friend, walked our dogs, worked our sheep and just enjoyed the sunsets.
I think about going away on vacation but I can honestly say I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. Yes, I still would have enjoyed it. I‘m not crazy. LOL.
Getting some tasks completed just felt right. Having help was even better.
Many of the people of the community who serve on boards or volunteer are tired.
Sometimes we are so eager to help we forget ourselves.
Restore, rejuvenate, replenish. How do we help if we have nothing in the tank?
We can for a bit but after a while you are running on fumes.
For the record, I am not caught up. My list is continual. But to stop and work a little, clean a little, find a little balance was rewarding.
I looked in the mirror and felt younger.
So can you do something selfish this week?
Fall is almost here along with the State Fair and in our family lots of birthdays and celebrations, along with more commitments to community, work, school, and all the other things.
So I am ready for that vacation now. Or at least a quick weekend somewhere. Maybe in the winter?
Take the walk, call a friend, stop and grab some sunshine on your face. Youre worth it!
As Travis Tritt sings, “And it’s a great day to be alive
I know the sun’s still shining
When I close my eyes
There’s some hard times in the neighborhood
But why can’t every day be just this good.”
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