Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sick or tired

This morning, when Boo came down for breakfast, she was pale and a little listless. We talked a little bit about how she didn't feel so good but thought she should go to school. I was about to ask, "So what do you need to do to take care of yourself?" but then didn't because I had the thought: "She's not sick, she's just tired."

Fast forward two hours when it finally hits me: why is it important to encourage her to take care of herself when she is sick but not when she is tired? Why is it okay to take care of ourselves when we're sick but not okay when we're "just" tired? I have some learning to do here, I think.

By the way, she texted from school at lunch and (eventually) said she needed to come home so I went and got her. I don't know if she's sick or tired but she's up in her room asleep, listening to music. Which is exactly where she belongs.

1 comment:

Janet said...

I find self-care to be one of the most foundational challenges of my life and, oddly, that fact continually surprises me. Recently, I find myself hearing my own words, spoken to a spiritual direction client recently, echoing back to me: Who is the woman you want to present to your family or to the Kingdom, day in and day out? Suddenly, in that light, being overworked and "vibrating" looses some of its glitz and glam.