Lessons Learned #11 – How to Drink from a Firehose

This post is part of a series that began here. By sharing my “lessons learned” I hope to illustrate the power of this daily practice of gentle self-observation. Please follow along and share your own.

I reached the point of “Why does everyone want a piece of me?!” Which has absolutely nothing to do with what people are asking of me (you’re all completely lovely, charming, kind, generous people).  It’s just a sign that my balance of input/output has gotten out of whack.

It’s one thing to feel tired. It’s another to feel angry. Emergency Self-Care Alert!

The Fun-Factor has gotten way too low. And I probably have cabin fever to boot.

So I booked a massage for the end of the week and decided not to push myself quite so hard.  Better.  I’m thinking bowling might be helpful, too.

Which reminds me…
When we undertake something big and/or new, our inclination is to drop everything else and just focus on that big new thing in our lives.  That seems to make sense, right? Big new things would seem to warrant that kind of attention.

But as I and others I know are discovering, it turns out you have to match that big new thing with equally big self-care. Otherwise it’s just not manageable.


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