Do you ever have a puny day? One where you don’t feel horrible, but you don’t quite feel like yourself. I went through one recently, and as usual, woke up the next day just fine. It got me to thinking though, why does my body let down every once in a while? Is there a re-boot mechanism going on that I don’t know about? Sometimes, I think my immune system is saying, “Give me a day. You hit me with too many germs or too much travel or …”
I can say that with whatever wisdom I have learned so far in my life, one lesson I learned (the hard way) is to pay attention to my inner workings. I give myself a day when my body asks for it. In order to do this, I have to shut off the guilt mechanism that says “do something or feel guilty.” I can still do small things, but I allow myself a nap, time to read a magazine, menu planning, trip planning, and, did I mention, a nap.
I know I am extremely lucky that I don’t have a 9 to 5 kind of job that doesn’t allow for such flexibility. I guess that is why there is, or should be, sick leave, personal days, etc. I’ll call mine a personal day and since I’m the boss, I will give it to me whenever I need it. (Hey, I don’t get any salary so a day off is okay now and then.) It isn’t often, thank goodness, or else my guilt mechanism would go absolutely bonkers!
Teachers (I have several in my family) are already ‘back to school’, furiously planning for the upcoming school year. Kids are shopping for THE outfit for that first day and parents are melting down credit cards to pay for it all. Their reward will be a quiet house until late afternoon when the door will slam, backpacks will drop with a thud, and the refrigerator will open for a starving kid. Boy do I miss hearing those sounds.