Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer. This morning had me longing for green Tazo tea, and after brewing it, I added my chocolate ashwagandha powder, which makes it even more tasty, and supposedly has great health benefits.
Note the cup. I think my mom gave it to me. After I had a surgery 10 years ago, as I recovered I would ask for things. She said, yes, the precious needs some water, here you go. I think sometimes she said princess, but I jumped on the precious comment and mimicked gollum from The Lord of the rings: “Precioussss!” She would just look at me strange. My boyfriend Chris sometimes refers to me as a princess. It’s his fault, as he often treats me like one, LOL!
Is it any wonder I had a former boyfriend who said I was “The princess and the pea?” Look up the story if you’re not familiar. I believe it’s a fable. Anyhow, I think it’s because I’ve had pain sensitivity for a number of years; I can’t sit in a hardback kitchen chair for too long, can’t walk too far in high heels, etc. I mentioned the story to Chris and said,” That just serves to show, I am a real princess!”
Interestingly, today’s prompt from my Louise Hay journal is about feeling good getting older and being at peace with one’s body. In many ways, I have more confidence in how I look, and I do honor and respect my body more as I get older. Some of it is realizing I didn’t always have a healthy attitude about it: I felt it wasn’t as good as others’, thought it didn’t look good enough, didn’t feed it right. I’m constantly seeking to keep it healthy now and to strike a balance between body and mind.
I’ve had to work harder on this because I’ve had chronic pain of one kind or another for a few years. Google defines chronic pain as “persistent pain that lasts weeks to years.” So, some things can aggravate me worse than they do others. Some days, it’s really hard to drag myself out of bed, put some pep in my step, and be ready for what I may need to face is the world of middle school education. But, I do it. I don’t wake extra early to go to committee meetings anymore. I think I have the right to decide if something is to much for me.
This is how I can be at peace with my body. Again, there has to be a balance between body and mind. This is why writing these days is slow-going for me. I won’t force myself to play out a plotline idea by sitting at the computer munching chips and typing for hours on end, my back screaming at me for being in a chair too long, (no matter how comfortable that chair is), a crick in my neck aching me from looking at the computer screen so long, basically, my body screaming for my mind to just slow down. Hmmm, yes, I try for balance now.
My dog, Bixby also prefers I don’t spend hours glued to the computer screen. In the long run, when one seeks to find balance and be kinder with oneself, isn’t a dog a valuable source of sage wisdom?
This ends my coffee share on a high note. Trust the wisdom of the dog: enjoy loved ones, show them you care for them, when it’s time to play, do so with reckless abandon, and when it’s time to rest, rest as much as you need!
Have a great weekend!
11 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share, Balance for Self-Respect”
I like your high note. I also agree there has to be a balance between body and mind. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.
Thank you, Natalie!
I had to stop having ashwaganda. I found out that it weakens my body. Balance is so very important. I’m happy to hear you are seeking that balance and being kinder to yourself.
Yvette M Calleiro 🙂http://yvettemcalleiro.blogspot.com
Thanks, Yvette. I’ll have to check into ashwagandha side effects!
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It sounds like you are working hard to find a good balance. Dogs are great at helping us with that ❤
Yes, indeed! He is so good for me.
Love the lord of the rings reference, thanks for coffee
Yup Pam, we all have to learn this somewhere along the line.
I wish I’d paid better attention to my own body when I was your age.
As almost 68 (gads!) I’m now paying the price for not doing what you’re doing.
I’ve begun paying much better attention but I now have some neglect injuries that are unlikely to heal.
I’m just going to have to live with them.
I wish I’d acted on available wisdom much sooner – like you are.
Wow, thank you for that vote of confidence, Gary! I sometimes think my issues are too much for my age. It doesn’t matter, though. I guess what matters is that we do address it. And as far as age, time truly does fly.
I love my dogs. They sure remind me not to stay too long in the house. I make sure they get their daily walks around the neighborhood. Also during my walks it gives me an excuse to listen to a podcast and get lost in the learning.