Oh hey! I’m still here. What did you think, I ran the Boston Marathon and fell off the face of the blogosphere? Not a chance. Alas, I’m still in constant motion between work demands, training for a half marathon in Asheville June 9, catching up with friends and keeping my crazy kitty Cleo out of the fridge.
The other day, my Dad shared a gem of advice his daddy, my Papa, used to say — “give yourself some breathing room.”
Give yourself some breathing room, Helen.
I considered this advice on a long run yesterday. The saying holds many meanings. To me, it means don’t be so hard on yourself or give yourself some grace.
We live in a world, a society, where everyone is trying to get ahead. To be the best. The healthiest, the fittest, the fastest. The most successful. With this Type-A mentality comes pressure, anxiety and stress.
I am not about that life. Are you?
Have you considered how much time you give each day to your emotional energy, physical energy, schedule and finances? I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Don’t be so hard on yourself, friends. Give yourself some grace — some breathing room.
And so, on this Memorial Day Weekend, that is my message to you and to myself. Let’s give ourselves some breathing room. Whatever that advice means to you. Take it. Give it.
Let go of it all — the pressure, anxiety, stress — even if for a few minutes on a hammock with a good book and breeze on your face.
You are enough. Do you hear me? You are doing great. Just give yourself a little breathing room.
See you soon.