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Massage Wisdom (Part 2 of 2)

in Life Lessons, Nonfiction Writing, Parenting, Time Management

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On Tuesday I shared the wisdom given to me by an amazing masseuse. Based on his insight and my personal experience, I’ve been brainstorming what we, as women, can do to help ourselves move forward from our stress spiral. What I have put together is a rather simple idea, and I’d love your feedback.

A Time for Everything

I listened intensely to Mike. Having an entire career associated with helping people feel better, I think he has his thumb on the pulse of society. The song has been echoing through my mind:

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to build up,a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

I think what Mike would say is that we have made time for everyone else’s seasons, needs, and wants, but we are ignoring our own. Where we are is worse than being on the “back burner,” we aren’t even on the stove.

A Personal Failure

I, personally, am a scheduling freak. I write down when I will exercise, have my quiet time with God, play with each kid, write, read, do laundry, run errands, etc. But one thing I have never had on that schedule is nothingness.

When I wanted to lose weight, I knew it had to be a priority. I had to schedule time for workouts and time for cooking healthy meals. When I want to save money, I have to make a budget and habitually check to make sure I’m still on track. When I want to take care of me, I have to schedule that too.

For me, that means buying a book at Barnes and Nobel and chilling for a few hours in the coffee shop. Then I may go to the park to enjoy the outdoors. Maybe it means pulling out a canvas and paint or walking through a craft store. It doesn’t have to be expensive; it just has to be no strings attached, no assignment, no pressure “down” time.

When was the last time YOU had a day like that?

What would it take for you to take the time?

What is keeping you from taking care of you? What things in life are holding you back from the nothingness that you deserve?

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