About 10 days ago, we announced quite suddenly that we were dropping off the grid. We expected to take only a few days away, and found ourselves needing the whole week to take care of health issues and fatigue from the many months of navigating some big life events.
We felt like this (a state we all know well):
None of our health issues were dire, but they could become so if we didn’t attend to them.
We take them as messengers, tugging at our sleeve to say:
Slow Down, Take Care, LISTEN even more DEEPLY than you have been to how you are made.
And most importantly,
GIVE UP THE IDEA THAT YOU ARE IN CONTROL AND HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER.
We had to admit “we aren’t” (in control), and “we don’t” (have it all together). We found ourselves having to “undo” the erroneous notion that everyone else is and does.
Stopping and slowing down were the counterintuitive answers. We didn’t do more, we did less. Readers became subscribers despite Improvised Life being on hiatus; they wrote to say “take all the time you need”. Friends pressed in close with food, words of wisdom, and comfort. And we found not only our energy and health improving, but answers we needed coming as well.
We’re back, with a big THANK YOU to our wonderful community, and to the gift of Improvised Life as our work.
Since “Self Care” is the clear theme here, we went searching for some useful quotes. Curiously, we found wild man William S. Burroughs’ to be the most incisive and resonant.
Gif via Hedviggen