Last Wednesday, I woke up with a terrible cold and high fever. My usual modus operandi is to power through, keep going. Especially a couple of weeks before Christmas with school concerts, a major project to finalize, an important deadline looming, a house to decorate, family and friends to connect with, community service projects, the church Nativity Play … , blah, blah, blah. Instead, I spent 1.5 days in bed, admittedly with my laptop in close vicinity. But I barely moved, and certainly didn’t produce much of worth in the hours I did try to work.
I handed the four small people over to my beloved. I chose not to complain about how he decided to run it all or what outsourcing decisions he made. I negotiated some extensions on deliverables, delegated some things. And essentially passed out.
Unlike the last time I got sick back in September, which went on for almost 3 full weeks, I am feeling pretty chipper right about now. Oh, if we would just listen to our bodies more often! I am seriously cursing all the time I lost operating at 50% in the Fall.
We know, don’t we? We know what it is we need to do so much of the time. In my trivial example, I can see layers of application for other areas of my life. And a reminder that the connection between body and spirit is such a rich source of information if we’ll listen.
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