Slowing down, easing upPosted: November 27, 2011
The beautiful weather we’ve been gifted with here in the Bogs is now giving way to rain. The rain, so they say, will be with us until Wednesday when it might turn cold enough to become snow showers. The sun will return on Thursday, but the warm temperatures will leave with the rain. I’m sorry to have missed out on the beautiful-weather activities I could have been engaged in over the past few days. A hike in at a nearby state park. A last bike ride until next spring. The never-ending garden chores. That’s life. Sometimes rest and taking care of oneself is the order of the day. Or days in this case.
I’m still suffering from the plague (heh), but things seem to be loosening up. I decided to follow my body’s needs. I made (and ate) some chicken soup. It did exactly what I hoped it would do, breaking up the concrete that has been settling into my sinuses. Other soups (vegetarian) did not work nearly as well. The soup I made was almost as good as Corky and Lenny’s Mish Mash soup. All that was missing was the Matzah ball. Oh, and the rice. And the pieces of chicken (some of which the cats feasted on, the rest went to M who made a chicken salad with it). So maybe it wasn’t so much like Mish Mash soup after all, but it sure did remind me of it.
The title of this post is the title of a post I wrote last year around this time but never published. It was a post about the almost manic energy that comes with the beginning of a commitment, and how this can sometimes lead me to take on too much.
I read a couple of blog posts yesterday that reminded me that sometimes it’s okay to let go. To slow down. To ease up. The first post was I Am Grateful For… over at redRavine, one of my all-time favorite blogs. I’ve been following redRavine almost since the beginning of my blogging days. Welcome back, QuoinMonkey.
I’ve taken on a lot lately. My recent illness has forced me to slow down and reevaluate. There are things I need to let go of for now. I can always pick them up again later. For now, other things have to take priority and one of those things is taking care of myself. I have been distracting myself with projects. A form of denial, perhaps. A recent visit to the doc (just prior to getting sick) made it clear to me that it’s time to stop fooling around with those numbers associated with my health and well-being.
So. What to keep? What to relinquish?
I’ve been pondering those questions since very early this morning, and have a few answers. The first thing I need to let go of is the amount of time spent on the internet and the computer. I will continue with NaBloPoMo since it’s become a tradition for me. Besides, it’s almost over. November 30th is the last day. I didn’t participate as much as I usually do, by going around and visiting other bloggers who signed up. It’s more enjoyable that way, and can sometimes lead to finding a good friend or two.
WordPress’s PostADay2011 has been fun. I’ve met a lot of new (to me, at any rate) and wonderful bloggers throughout the year. I don’t know if I will continue to post on a daily basis. That’s a wait-and-see. But I do know I cannot continue to try to follow everyone, especially not on a daily basis. It’s impossible. Even when I get caught up, I fall behind somewhere. Today I sat down and went through all of the email, got caught up with a few of you, and then started to pare things down a little. I’m not sure yet how I’ll work this all out. Lots of experimentation will be occurring for the next week or two. Eventually I’ll figure out a system that works for me.
There are other things that will need to be reevaluated, but blogging (and the time and effort it involves) seemed a good place to start. With winter approaching, it’s time to slow down, ease up. The holidays, of course, do not make that an easy task. I’m going to give it a try, though, one small step at a time. I’ll be around to visit when I can, and suspect I will start to enjoy blogging more now that I am not pressuring myself to keep up.
Day 63/365: The yoga and food commitments will continue as they are an important part of my new priority of taking care of my health. The most important part will be listening to my body, and giving myself what I need to be healthy.
My father once told me of a trick question he used in a college class on forest fire control. If there was a fire coming from a certain direction and wind was coming from another, what was the best thing to do? The right answer was, ‘Run like hell and pray for rain,” but few students ever got it. So allow yourself the freedom of knowing there are times to bail out, quit, run, leave the struggle, and have more time for joy.
~ Charlotte Davis Kasl
I’m ready to have more time for joy. How about you? 🙂