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Stir Crazy

October 15th, 2005 · No Comments

I think I went a little stir crazy this week.  Monday was a pupil free day for all three kids.  I had to work.  They slept in, watched videos, fought amoungst themselves, ate, fought, rode their bikes, ate, and then retired to their rooms to read books.

Tuesday – you beaut!  Back to school.  Only, the older two were unwell.  Only Master 7  went to school, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… so by Friday I was ready to pop.  Off to school they all went, returned to health by their dear mother’s superior nursing skills and empathy (not).

I think the real reasons they were happy to go back to school yesterday were a) to get away from an increasingly unstable mother, combined with b) a school dance and horse riding they really wanted to go to this weekend (respectively) and c) the need to get out of each others sight for a few hours. 

Oh, and did I mention a husband who had a week from the dark side as well? 

So yesterday I allowed myself to be totally human, to ‘be’ for a while.  I let go (even though it hurt a little – there was a definite tug there) of all the ‘shoulds’, including the should do groceries so there is some food in the house.  I got in my car after the school dash and went.

I visited with my dear friend L, whose new house I had not yet seen.  And we chatted, then wandered down to Oxford St, Bulimba for a light lunch at Riverbend Books – king prawn skewers with Thai rice noodle salad and a glass of really nice Riesling.  Bliss.

I was a little late picking up the kids from school, but they really didnt seem to mind.  (or didnt dare mind??)

Last night I played taxi driver to four 15 year old boys going to a school dance… the things you learn! (That is a story for another time).  I was late going to bed, but the calm and connection of the day seemed to remain as I collected the sweaty boys at 11:30pm.

Sometimes you just need to give yourself permission to not tackle the endless to-do’s, the should’s, the must’s, and the have to’s.  And you may find, after you’ve given yourself permission to do something just for you, that you are a hundred times more productive, and that life doesnt seem like such a hassle any more.

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