Long story short, I have been trying to do too much, for too many people and I have to reset before I drop dead of exhaustion.
It has been over two years since my last vacation, and my health has been in steady decline for some time. Why have I been so neglectful of myself? In addition to the usual dedication to my work and clients, my generosity has gotten the best of me, and the number of homeless friends and family that I have been caring for reached both a breaking point, and a critical moment of clarity.
Without too many details, one of my charges died this past week. There was nothing I could do, and all I had tried to do seems to have amounted to simply having bought this person a few more years. While that may have been invaluable, the idea was, and always has been to give a helping hand up, and watch the birdies fly again.
I have to face the fact that I have taken on too much, and that I can not save the world although 6 people (2 toddlers) still rely on me entirely for a roof over their heads. (also, people you are helping are often not the best at returning the favor, or helping you to help them) I am currently neglecting myself to the point where the person in the box seemed to be getting a really great opportunity for badly needed rest. Funny how waking up with 20% mobility in one thumb and 50% in the other with pinched nerves in the neck and back spasms didn’t get more than cancellation of a few days appointments, and right back to the grind.
Well, I will do my best to attend to my current commitments, but it is time I take time for that badly needed reset to reclaim the health that I know I can once again have, (and have helped others to have) before its too late.
I don’t know what all will be the result of the up coming changes, but the short term will mean that those who have come to expect quick replies to emails and phone calls may need to learn to wait a little while.
The board will get along just fine, as the day came long ago when Andrea and I no longer needed to reply to every question asked just so someone got a response. If I never posted on here again, the world would not stop spinning.
Now, I must make arrangements for what awaits… beach house, check, thousand plus page books I have not had time to read, check, Norwalk Juicer and Vitamix Blender, double check. Cleared calendar of work, playing out the string. Learn to live and let die… I’m working on it.