As I've said before, I love Fridays!! A week of accomplishments and service behind us, we can take some well-deserved and very necessary time to relax. Whether your weekend actually falls on a Saturday and Sunday or if your days off are sporadic and scattered throughout the week, it is most important to take some time to recharge your batteries - whatever that means for you.
Whatever activity (or inactivity), people, places or things feed your soul and fulfill you on a deep, core level is what your body and mind are craving. I love to sleep in on the weekends and then meditate and read some inspirational material. Right now I am re-reading Excuses Begone! by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Once I have my mind in a positive state, expecting everything I am affirming and visualizing for my life to manifest for me, that it is unquestionably on its way...then I lose myself in a good story just for the enjoyment of it. I love to read...lounging in my hammock in the backyard or reclining on the balcony always replenishes my whole being. I'm so glad that my husband insists that I take a break from all of the holistic, self-improvement, spiritual, personal empowerment reading, teleconferences and webinars that constantly occupy every free moment of my waking hours during the week in between working with others and taking care of my mom - I must constantly be working on myself to be the best I can be and of the highest level of service to everyone I work with, right? But - I must also follow my own advice and disconnect and go within to recharge my own batteries. No computer, no cell phone (don't own a Crackberry and never will...) no studying or researching - just taking time to simply be....and to breathe. Aaahhhh....take a breath right now yourself...doesn't that feel good? Just breathe and be for a minute.
After a week of busy-ness, which for me this week included a trip to the ER with my mother after a doctor appointment for shortness of breath - diagnosis: congestive heart failure. Prescription: diuretics to relieve fluid around her heart. Result: she is feeling much better and I am feeling relieved. It can be just as emotionally as it is physically draining to be a caretaker. But my mom and I laugh and have fun most of the time when we're not doing the usual mother-daughter button-pushing. That's to be expected but I am very fortunate that I have a wonderful mother who appreciates me and who does everything in her power to take care of me in return, in whatever way she is able to. Usually paying for me to get a massage once in a while or playing with my hair while we watch TV - she is an expert at this and my brother also loves to plop his head down in mom's lap for her expert pencil-massage thing that she has always done since we were little. It's almost better than the spa sometimes! There is nothing like a mother's touch and the hint of Heaven Sent perfume that has been her signature scent my whole life. If I can make her life better, keep her happy, healthy and comfortable living in her own home for the rest of her life as I promised my father I would do, then I am happy and proud to have this job as her caretaker.
But now, it is my time to go with my husband for our golden weekend time together to recharge my batteries with a good book on the balcony tomorrow morning :)
Have a great weekend!
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