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Monday, January 11, 2010

Health and Illness and Downtime

There are days when we all feel a bit 'under the weather'.  Days when we aren't up to our usual energetic and productive selves, we tend to write them off and (after they are over of course) actually almost enjoy the 'down time'.  Then there are weeks that stretch on and you feel like you'll never be 'back'.  That can be daunting on your enthusiasm and outlook.  It feels like things might not ever be back to 'normal' and even starts to sort of feel like 'normal' is this icky-less-than-well feeling of being ill. 
So, what is the good news? How do we filter through all the negative self-talk and the iggling little deamon on our shoulder who keeps whispering that we will never feel good again?  The only answer I've found, is to embrace the feeling of 'unwellness' with a stipend that it is only temporary.  Even as the 24-hour expected flu turns into a three-day 'something' and then after a day of 'almost-but-not-quite' day of feeling better, the nasties descend once more.  As I look over my to-do list and the demands on my resources, energy and time, I realize that the world has a way of insiting it gets its way.  Perhaps this is a time for me to do less.  Perhaps this is a time to shift focus from doing, and reach deeper into the BE-ing part of myself.

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.~     Hippocrates (460 BC - 377 BC), Regimen in Health

So, to Health, contemplation, quiet and slow recovery. 

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