Certainly, we are reminded nearly daily to count our blessings, to appreciate what we have while we have it, because as most of us know, the stable calm, comes before a storm and POOF things can change in an instant.
You know that feeling of being completely exhausted, feeling like a night snuggled up on the couch in your jammies with a good book sounds like the best thing since sliced bread? Then just when you get to that point, the phone rings, or you receive that email, and POOF you are back up and running at full speed to help that someone in need…my mom used to say “I help everyone, yet who helps me?”. I realize that many people wish to help, would like to help, wish they could help, yet cant. Then there’s those that COULD yet choose not to for whatever reason, yet the first thing out of their mouth is “let me know how I can help”. Hearing those words now makes me chuckle. I simply smile and say “thanks”. I also had someone say to me a few days ago, “well I would offer to help Cindy but I have a job/I have to work”..not even sure how to respond to that, or “I’d help but I’m busy”, think I have that down pat!
Guess what I’m trying to say is that just when we think we can’t do any more, we somehow find it in us to do more and more..I committed this new year to start doing a better job of taking care of ME. While I can assure you that it already isn’t the most popular choice to say NO, and to actually focus on my sanity/peace of mind, it is a necessary – as life isn’t a dress rehearsal and don’t we deserve the same wonderful, kind, attention that we give to others… I was told recently it isn’t all about me, and while I’m VERY clear of that, it should be about me once in a while, agreed! I encourage all of you to take that stand with me – and start doing for YOU what you do for others.
When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup..