Hmm, take care of myself. More importantly taking the time to take care of myself.
Sometimes it’s not so much that I don’t have the time, it’s more like I find it a nuisance. When I need to get things done and I do a crazy thing (a recent example comes to mind), my tendency is to be upset because:
1. the injury happened in the first place
2. the reminder that graceful is not in my body’s vocabulary
3. having to maneuver around the blasted injury
When it’s a dozy and you end up on crutches, that kind of lack of grace makes for some really “exciting” challenges. Since we live in a tri-level, the bedrooms and my office are on the top floor with the laundry room the bottom with two sets of stairs in between – 13 steps. You try figuring out how to carry the laundry down those stairs, into the room then when dry carry it back up the blasted stairs!
Then just for an added dash of excitement, throw in a ringing phone.
Doesn’t my body know I have more important things to do? If I don’t work with my clients and get their projects done, the laundry doesn’t do itself, meals (like my own during the day)… You get the drift.
Then there are times when one doesn’t want to complain.
Because then you hear things like “Is it time to call the whaaambulance?” or the ever popular “Do you want cheese to go with that whine?” (yes actually, I like cheese), then you (OK me) can have a tendency to feel even worse. I mean, gee it was my fault I fell (it was an accident – no one plans these things). I can’t help it the doctor says to baby the knee – no weight on it. (Is he kidding didn’t he pay attention to the tri-level thing?) Then you start thinking of all the things that need to be done. By now you may be thinking “gee Liz, don’t you have systems in place?”
The short answer: a couple. I’m really good at telling others how different things/systems will make things easier for them, but I don’t always take my own advice. Does this sound like you? So as various parents have told their children over the years: Do as I say, not as I do!
Get systems in place. Do not be stubborn. Take care of YOU, go have fun once in a while. When life happens have things set up so you can handle urgencies/emergencies.