“I just got out of treatment and am doing well. I feel that pull to rush back into my busy life as it was before, but my gut is telling me to slow down and do less. It’s hard…” ~Anonymous
Oh, brave friend, I feel you. And I beg of you, trust your gut!
Six years ago, in a horrendous series of events, my dog, Bella, was hit by a car. I rushed her to the veterinary hospital with tire marks on her tiny head (she's a six-pound poodle)—and I was certain that if she didn’t survive, I wouldn't either. .
But thankfully, the Veterinary Heroes/Angels-With-Skin-On saved Bella’s life and after one week in the hospital, we brought her home. .
When I carried Bella through the front door of our house and set her down on the floor, she gazed towards the back of our living room, where the sun poured in from a window and cast a pool of light onto the carpet. Bella limped directly over to that patch of light and napped there for a good hour.
Of all the places she could have gone, Bella found the warmest, brightest, most comforting spot in sight. And even though there was cheese to beg for and FedEx guys to bark about and grass outside she hadn't peed on lately, Bella let herself rest. It had been a long week. .
My advice to you, A., is to find the warmest, brightest, most comforting spots in your life. Spend all the time there that you can. .
I know the world is calling to you with a billion seemingly important things—demanding you figure out your career or reorganize your entire apartment or start some new Instagram account. But now is NOT the moment to listen to a world which insists you hustle for your value. Now is the moment to find your patch of sunlight on the carpet and REST.
Let the sun in, maybe through a good book or the Brene Brown Netflix special or a class at your local yoga studio or spiritual community. Say YES to all things self-care, gentleness, tenderness, compassion, recovery. Say NO to the world’s calls for extreme busyness and harsh expectations. .
If you had a broken a leg, you wouldn’t be expected to move about as quickly as if you had two working legs. Nobody would be rushing you. But... (cont in comments) - 29 minutes ago