I read Brene Brown's Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead last week. I need constant reminders that being vulnerable isn't a sign of weakness and that striving for perfection is not healthy for me. So much resonated true as I read the book. I came to a halt when I read her term..."crazy-busy."
"We are a culture of people who've bought into the idea that if we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won't catch up with us."
Wow...was she speaking directly to me? I am the queen of keeping busy so that I don't have to deal with things that might be wrong in my life. I could teach classes on how to stay busy to numb yourself from certain harsh realities, whatever they might be. I tell myself that I should stop, that I need to quiet myself, and the next thing I know, I'm in the middle of being crazy-busy again.
The last 3 weeks have forced me to quiet myself. It's given me the opportunity to start over again and try to find my foundation. I've had a head start on summer break, and
learning relearning how to take care of myself is taking precedence. It feels a little selfish, but I know that if I'm going to be any good to others, I need to have a strong foundation for myself.
I created a slide show that illustrates how I'm taking care of myself. I hope it will give others some ideas. We all need to tame the crazy-busy side of ourselves. It is then that we can find peace and strength to face our challenges.