"I just need a little room to breathe...," I complained to a friend.
And suddenly it became clear to me: I am the only one who can give myself that space. I am the only one who can say no, the only one who can reschedule my obligations and commitments, the only one who can delegate, ask for, or hire help. I am the only one who can let myself relax when I do have a spare minute, rather than spending that time thinking how busy I am, berating myself for not planning more carefully, or grousing about how so-and-so should be helping me with whatever-it-is. I am the only one who can give myself room to breathe.
What about you? No matter HOW busy you are, you CAN give yourself room to breathe. But it takes a conscious effort to stop and truly let go of everything that is going on. To stop planning, to stop worrying, to stop grousing and complaining and berating yourself and others. To allow yourself a little space.
As I was writing this, I looked up from my computer and glanced out the window. A flock of chickadees was flitting back and forth from the feeders to the shrubs. I said to myself, "get back to work!" And then I realized, THIS is what I am talking about. THIS is what life is about - allowing myself the breathing room to take a mere 30 seconds to enjoy watching the birds, to let my body relax, to restore my soul.
So what about you? How can you give yourself a little breathing room? How WILL you give yourself a little breathing room?