It’s confession time. Again. (And again.)
I crashed and burned this week.
The past month has been… full.
Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s been good full, with lots of positive, fun things: traveling down to North Carolina to hang out with my work team, getting ready for the Eco Fair, prepping the garden and getting everything planted, and getting the house ready (finally) for our housewarming party.
Last weekend we made a quick trip to visit family and see a presentation by Joel Salatin, and when we got back I dove headfirst back into work. Writing deadlines looming, meetings, last minute subbing for a yoga class…
It’s all been good stuff — how do you say “no” to any of the things that you really want to do, even if it starts to get overwhelming?
So I didn’t say no. I said, “I can make it all happen.”
And for the past week or so, I’ve been tired. Exhausted, even.
But I kept pushing through, looking at the calendar and thinking “if I can only make it to next weekend, then I can rest.”
Remember how I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago, and talked about our bodies being smarter than we are?
Well, mine is no exception. It started telling me to slow down, and I didn’t listen. I heard what it was telling me, but I thought that I could ignore what it was saying…
And, well. It schooled me: a solid crash that ended up with me laid up on the couch (where I had been longing to curl up and relax, but hadn’t given in to that desire).
I could have listened, backed off, and taken some time to unwind.
But, instead, I gave my body an opportunity to remind me why I should not only be listening, but taking action on the cues it gives me.
The rest of the week and this weekend, I’ll be taking it a little easier.
And then on Monday I’ll be back to it, one life lesson wiser, and hopefully a little more open to paying attention.
What about you, fellow changemaker? As the spring begins to bring more activity back into your life, are you listening for cues about when to relax instead of continuing to press forward?