Guys, I’m tired. Like that bone tired that starts to creep into your soul, tired.
Its nothing serious. It happens sometimes with my mysterious illness. Especially when its been a long week, followed by a busy weekend, coupled with a child with a huge project. You know where I’m coming from – the mom life. Actually, you don’t even have to be a mom I think. Just a person.
As soon as I’m this tired, I can start to get overwhelmed easily. Then it moves from being tired, to a serious problem. I might cry, I might get short with everyone around me, I might do the exact opposite of what I need to do and just stop working all together.
I have a mentor in my writing group that always says a phrase that has helped me so much in these times. The phrase is, just do the next right thing in love. Seems almost too simple. Of course I know I should do the right thing and that I should do it in love.
But the word next is what is so helpful to me. To focus on only one thing at a time is so helpful in the overwhelm. Yesterday that meant fill out my meal plan, do groceries, say good bye to my mom, take Emma to piano, take a 20 minute nap, make dinner, take my remedy from my homeopath, clean the kitchen so I wouldn’t have a crazy morning, get all the music marks ready for school, say no to a late night get together, and go to bed early. Simple every day activities, but just a matter of listening to my body, soul, and spirit. Some yeses, some nos, but a simple way to fight the overwhelm one decision at a time.
Nothing super spiritual here – I’m still kind of tired! – but maybe some practical help from one person that tends to get overwhelmed to another. Just take that next right step one at a time. And remember the love.