In this world of bigger is better, more is best and the more you can accomplish and cram in one day the more important you are…it is important to pace yourself.
There is so much to this week, even with things slowing down a bit. And I struggle not to be overwhelmed and not to be tempted to unpack and organise trough the night. Not everything has to be done today or tonight. Indeed, one must have a good pace in order to complete the race.
My schedule has been non stop since early April, maybe March. Dealing with Mom’s degrading health, planning the sibling reunion, having the reunion, Mom’s death, moving Dad in with us, organizing the move into the bigger house, unpacking, getting ready for moving all of Dad’s things in, and getting settled in a new job – in addition to family issues. It’s a lot!
And I am feeling burned out. I am struggling to not burn out.
What is the solution? I don’t know. What I can say is that tonight, I must pace myself. Tonight I put our relationship first. Salmon steaks, wine and some smiles and plans. Your must make sure your priorities are in line and conducive to a healthy, happy life. And that takes effort. It takes effort to pull away from the brink of burnout to make your partner know that they are important and that you appreciate them. It takes pacing yourself to make the time necessary for care and nurturing that relationship.
It is so important right now, with all the changes, that I take care of those I love, including myself.
And so it goes tonight. And maybe the answer is the pace of it all. Maybe it is in slowing down, taking a breath, saying a prayer and making the effort that we find ourselves anew.