Friday, December 19, 2008

Remember YOU!

My apologies for the lack of posts lately, for "professional religious people" (or am I semi-pro? who knows...) Christmas time means packed schedules and we've had an uptick in pastoral care stuff to boot. We are all extra busy trying to get it all done and then sometimes you get nailed by the inevitable cold and/or flu germs that seem to love the holidays too. That's been my life for a few weeks now - busy with lots of church events and planning, I had a head and chest cold that laid me out for a while and trying to shop and bake and clean... oy! I had not been to my water aerobics class for I think almost a month and boy did I feel it. I was not sleeping as well, feeling sluggish and a little bit crabby even. (I know, that's hard to believe!) All that just melted away when I hit that wonderful warm water in the pool today. I didn't over do but I got a good workout and it did me a world of good. I'll be back on Monday and hope not to have to miss that much pool time again.

So what is your point Betsy, you may be asking. The point is that the busier you get the more important it is to remember to take care of YOU. I preach it all the time but I need to remember to put it into practice. Everyone benefits when I take time to care for me. And that is true for you too. Get out, go for a walk, crank the radio up and dance like a fool... whatever it takes. Just do it.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to know you are taking care of YOU. I juggled so many elders, as well as children, and the holidays were hectic - trying to make everyone have a "merry Christmas." Plus, I wanted to enjoy the spiritual aspects, myself.

Well, in the end good enough must be good enough. Everyone isn't going to get everything they want, but in the end they get most of what they needed.

Caregivers have to try to find balance - don't laugh, I know how hard it is to do.

Carol Bradley Bursack
Minding Our Elders

Betsy said...

Preach it, sister! That is something I have learned... am learning. I do the best I can with the resources I have and then let it be. Makes life a whole lot less complicated that way.