I find that just a little over a week into this promising New Year and many things are tugging at my time and attention. I am seeking to remain focused and to continue to move forward, but today, today I am simply tired.
I spent the better part of today working on various projects, getting nothing truly finished, and just feeling downright sluggish and in need of a nap. So what did I do? Did I relax and nap like I probably should have? No, not at all. And the evening left me feeling a bit more grumpity. When I have quite a few nights in a row of poor sleep and days full of busyness with many people relying on me to accomplish my part of whatever needs to be done, I start feeling raw. No sleep and extra busy is equivalent to a serious case of the "grumpies" or whatever your mom and dad called you when you were in a bad mood as a teenager. You know, that one annoying parent word that just really got under your skin, when you were really grumpy taking you to a state of serious annoyance and potential anger around the bend.
The truth is, as adults we are not too different from our childish selves. We need food and rest and fun also. We need to get outside and play to make sure that we can take that step outside of ourselves, to gain perspective, rest and peace. It is the closing of the day, and I am just now realizing why I have felt so sluggish all day long. I am also learning this same lesson for about the millionth time in my life. Each time this realization comes to me I think, 'I know better now! I wont let myself get so overextended and exhausted all of the time now!'
Then life gets away from me and it happens again and that ever so annoying yet gentle reminder pops into my consciousness, that rest is a part of it all. A little rest only can help and I apparently must learn this every week of my life.
So, on that note, I am headed to bed before midnight, for the first time since I cannot remember. Hoping to catch some sweet restful Z's, making tomorrow a day I can look forward to...
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