. Forecast: Weary Weather
I have just returned from a weekend away speaking at a conference. I have learned, again, that I must plan for weariness after certain types of excitements in my life: getting married, having babies (particularly if my husband is also changing jobs), family reunions (especially if I have responsibilities), extended family commitments (like a recent wedding where I was hosting the family who came from out of state), speaking engagements (or any other situation that stretches me), and other immensely important obligations.
Gear Down, Reorient, Rest
Yes, every time that I know I will be gearing up, I must also leave time for gearing down, reorienting, and resting. I must plan into my forecast and preparations for “weary weather.”
I was so excited to go on this particular adventure. I had a wonderful time while there and during the whole of the experience didn’t feel one bit of wholesale weariness. But I am in the aftermath now and weariness has settled in.
Plan According to Your Forecast
So, look at your month, your upcoming year, and your life’s circumstances. Are you going to have a baby? Forecast: six weeks’ weary weather afterwards (or at least until the baby sleeps through the night). Are you in charge of a wedding? Forecast: two weeks’ weary weather afterwards (at a minimum). Is someone you love dying? Forecast: one year’s weary weather after they pass away (if not more). Big, important and otherwise worrisome responsibility ahead? Forecast: two day’s weary weather afterwards (and more depending on the circumstances).
I am going to try to look at my own forecast day to day and week to week from now on and plan for weary weather once in a while. No need to get sick, fall apart emotionally, or lose all capacity to function. Just look at the forecast and occasionally prepare for “weary weather”!
Take good care this week, my friends, and may the sun soon shine in your lives that energy may abound and your forecast be full of clear skies!
Find more helpful ideas in my House of Order Handbook.
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