It’s not all “ups, ups and more ups” she says, stealing a line from a friend. We all know this, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier. Life is tough. It is a steady stream of challenges and obstacles and our choice is often to confront them or be bowled over by them. And sometimes, sometimes you’re going to have a day when you just don’t have it in you to push back. Sometimes you just need a break from it all, a little respite, a moment to just be.
It is as important to know when to give it a rest as it is to know that you have to forge onward. So what do you do when you reach this point? Do you allow yourself the much needed down-time or do you stir about all that you “should” be doing? And what feels right for you? Each of us have our own little rituals and what may be relaxing for one person may not be for someone else – but recognizing what works for you is what’s important. And being gentle with yourself is what it’s really about.
The old adage “If you fall off a horse, then pick yourself up, dust yourself off and climb back in the saddle” may be a sage bit of advice on not giving up – just don’t forget the “dusting off” part. What’s the use in finishing the race if you are too exhausted to enjoy the victory party?