Sunday, August 1, 2010

In year 28, I resolve to...

1) Rush less
2) Take more naps

Whew, I think this might be the first time I have ever set goals to make more space for rest and relaxation in my life - I must be getting old!

On Friday, I posted a poem called, " A Blessing for One Who is Exahusted." When I found the poem on Friday morning, I got a little teary eyed because it spoke to exactly what I felt I had been experiencing for the past few weeks.

When I look back on year 27, two things come to mind;
1) Overwhelming Gratitude
2) Rushed frenzy

It may sound a bit contradictory, but boy do these two things completely sum up my last year of life. I can hardly believe all the wonderfulness that I was lucky enough to experience, but I can also hardly believe how exhausted the last year has left me. I think I could probably count on one hand the number of days/weekends that I actually, fully relaxed. The dominating memory I have of year 27 is is of literally dashing from workouts to errands to work to social stuff while barely breathing in between all of it. And well, I sure have been paying the price lately. I've been so exhausted in the past few weeks that, like the poem says, it has been laborious to do and get through things that I wouldn't have thought twice about doing in the past. And well, if you ask me, this is just a no-fun way of going through life.

So, I took TWO naps this weekend - napping is something that I rarely do in my life but you know what - I LOVED IT!!! Absolutely loved it. Yup, today I woke up at 8 and went to spin and then came home, took a shower and then crawled right back in bed and took a nap. It felt glorious and my body has been thanking me for it all day. I intend to truly listen to my body this year - not just talk about it and well, if I am tired during the day on the weekend, I am just going to crawl back in bed and "rest my spirits" as a good friend of mine calls napping.

When I woke up, I took my time getting to things on my to do list instead of moving at a break neck pace. Also, glorious.

I fully intend on doing more napping and less rushing this year, because let's face it, it's impossible to fully enjoy all the good coming to you, if you're not feeling calm, relaxed and energized.

"You go slowly and you will make it to where you are going."


Blake Bunch said...

Hello Sarah! I fully support your restful resolution!!! I love how you are always evaluating and taking stock of your life and making the adjustments needed!!!

BTW your sweet card made me teary!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a dear friend!

Hanna's Mommy said...

Here, here! There definitely is a balance to this thing called life and I think that listening to your body really is so important, though underrated! Good for you...I'm proud of you!

and i think to myself...what a wonderful world said...

Awww thanks for the words of support for my new appreciation for not feeling guilty about resting my body :). You girls are two of the best cheerleaders a girl could ask for!

Lisa - I have to be honest the taking stock of my life and making adjustments is something that I think I have the luxury to do at this stage of my life because I'm not a full time Mommy like you! I'm glad you got my card and that you and Baby are doing well!