I read somewhere that resting is one of the most spiritual things we can do. I totally agree with this proverb, but lately I haven't been practicing it. Since I resigned from my job, it's been non-stop. I've been hustling for the other website I work for, meeting new people, hanging out into the wee hours of the night then waking up at 6:50 a.m. to do it all over again. I'm trying to respond to everyone's call, text message and email, be the perfect friend, listen and give the most profound advice, keep my crib clean, grow my blog, exercise, eat right, groom myself, and nurture my creative juices - but I haven't had time to stop and just breathe. My body is nagging me for rest, and my spirit craves solitude. It's important that I listen to these two elements and take heed because my creativity depends on my body and spirit being balanced.
It's hard for me not to lend my energy to others, but I'm learning that lending all of my energy to others leaves me drained. I have to protect my energy and make sure Sam is 100% so that I can give my happiest, most alert self to my loved ones. I want to be the best blogger, the best friend, the best daughter/granddaughter, the best companion, the best sister, the best auntie, the best niece, etc. And the only way I can achieve this is by rest and seclusion every now and then. Sometimes I get irritated when people continue to ask me for things and request my presence or ear regarding their circumstances like they should know and understand that I'm worn out. However, I'm learning that most people are only concerned with their wants/needs, and it's not them that I'm irritated with - it's me. I'm the one who needs to refrain from being a people-pleaser and learn how to say no or just not answer the call.
We can't be the best versions of ourselves and keep going if we don't recharge our batteries. So here's to a weekend of protecting our energy, resting, saying no when we feel like it, and doing whatever the hell makes us happy. Cheers!