How is everyone?
I have been really lax about posting blogs, I know. Several people have strongly suggested I get more consistent with it, and although I have not made any surely breakable resolutions, I am going to work harder at it. I promise.
At the end of last year, my husband and I hosted, between Thanksgiving Day and January 3rd, eight (yes, EIGHT!) different parties in our home. It was the first year our boomerang son had moved out after living with us for five years. We never wanted to ask too much of him (like cleaning his room too often or seemingly—from his vantage point—unnecessarily) so we felt like celebrating our new freedom. We might have gone a little overboard. I’m feeling a little too-pooped-to-party for a very long time!
Half of those gatherings were family; half were of friends and neighbors. So I thought we were being so balanced with our celebrations….
When I spoke for the Christmas Tea at Riverdale Church, I zeroed in on this topic: “love your neighbor as yourself.” [Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. Matthew 12:30.]
Our focus: that we can only truly love our neighbor after we truly love—and properly take care of—ourselves. Remember? The traits of the overwhelmed, sleep-deprived careless about self-care mom has the same traits as the American Alligator: unfriendly toward others, rejects others’ aid and support, displays actions which are considered harmful, irritable disposition and selfish or unaccommodating.
Oh, how my mirror has reflected that creature too often!
Do any of you have any progress to share? I’d love to hear about them here! How have you been taking steps to take better care of yourself at the beginning of this new year? What have been some of the obstacles you have been coming up against?