I’m still tired from yesterday’s tired.
The little energy I have I feel I need to save for breathing and blinking.
An unexpected wave of symptoms hit recently, and no amount of positive thinking could override them. I am always torn between not letting my anemia control my life and listening to my body and resting. This weekend, being home alone, makes it easier to rest and I am learning it is not wasting the day and instead it is what I need to do to recover. Doctor’s orders.
But you don’t need a script or health scare to say yes to rest.
We often feel tired and our endless to-do list has us wishing for simpler days, and it can be suffocating. You are not alone and this is a part of life. However, sometimes we need to realize that life, circumstances and other people may not change, so the only person who can change is me, is you. We have to stop killing our joy with complication and take a simpler approach to life. I have had to learn that progress, not perfection, is what I need to aim for and unless I make a determined effort in this quest, I will keep getting sucked into the frustration of another day, rushing around. It is a ongoing journey and I am not there yet!
Another reason people feel tired all the time is because if they are still and let themselves feel and sit with their emotions, they’ll have to face them. Being busy is a crutch. It takes discipline and courage, in a culture that celebrates exhaustion as a status symbol, to embrace rest and put down the ‘crazy-busy’ armour. Who are you without that title? What are you perhaps trying to numb?
We also risk missing out on the joy of ordinary moments if we are too busy. As exciting as it is to chase the extraordinary thrills and have big dreams and goals, don’t neglect to find blessings in your every day life. Remain grateful for what you have and you will be content.
Give yourself permission to rest and make time for fun and play. Starting today. Don’t worry about tomorrow, that complicates life too. Set personal boundaries, even at the risk of disappointing others. Get your priorities right and keep adjusting them as things change. You will make time for things that are a priority in your life. I would suggest your first priority should be to keep God first and work everything else around Him.
“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)