Listening to myself

I have great aspirations and lately not so good follow-through. My intentions are truly good, but I don’t always get done what I intend. I keep thinking that I need to work harder and get things done. The truth is that I have tried that and it doesn’t work.

There have been times in my life when I did just need to focus on the task at hand and get it done. Now is not one of those times. Now I am dealing with some health issues that do sometimes make it hard to concentrate and hard to get my energy harnessed to get something done. Sometimes it’s hard to get things started, much less finished.

I have tried beating myself up over this and it doesn’t make any difference in getting things done, it just makes me feel bad. I am trying something different now; I am listening to my body and being nice to me. If my body wants a nap, I will take a nap. I have discovered (the hard way) that I can keep trying to get my task done, and not succeeding, or I can nap. Either way I won’t get my task done, but if I listen to my body and give it what it needs, I will feel better. If I keep trying to get the task done, it still won’t get done and I will end up feeling like a failure.  I like the result of option A better than the result of option B.

This is really how I feel more than about how much I get done. I think the same amount of work will (or won’t) get done, but I will feel better about it. I will let you know how it goes.

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