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Giving and Taking — 13 Comments

  1. You know what?
    When that guilt comes creeping in, throw a book at it and flip it off. It has no business here.

    I just went through the same thing. I was bitter because the five days I slept, I didn’t get to enjoy. That really pissed me off because I didn’t wake up feeling refreshed afterward, just beat up. How is that even fair?

    But you are 100% right. You can’t give if there’s nothing there to give in the first place. It’s horrible that your body took control and forced you into the relaxing position but it’s good that you were forced into the relaxing position, even if you had to feel like crap during that time.

  2. Hi Cat Lady, I identified with your post absolutely. It is very difficult to get any respite in the caring and thinking professions and all to easy for us to get burnt-out. To rediscover the creative side that I had thought I had lost, actually it was just overwhelmed and curled quivering and bushy-tailed in a corner of my mind, I joined a creative writing class. It’s been great fun and so has my romp into the blogging world. I’ve been enjoying your posts. Thanks. I hope your cold is better and everyone in your world is giving you some deserved space, and attention in equal measure.
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  3. Thanks for sharing your challenge with finding balance and inspiration and motivation to write. I am very much in a similar season and it is uncomfortable. Glad you gave yourself some much needed rest…and a chance to refill the tank.

  4. aww. hope you feel better soon!
    don’t feel guilty. in the social work world, i hear it’s called “self care.” it’s the concept that you have to take care of yourself, so that you can continue to face the many ongoing battles of caring for others. when my sister, a social worker, wasn’t advocating for children, on her rare down time she’d be getting her nails done. “self care time!” she called it. =)

    you need your self care time too! buffy and all.
    feel better soon!! drink lots of fluids =)
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  5. *Chuckles* I am actually picturing you as Buffy, wielding that axe and daring inspiration to come back to you. Honestly, though, don’t sweat it. I think we all need some time off, to process our lives, our writing and our relationships. This thing called writing will always be there. Guaranteed.
    Shailaja V recently posted…If God exists and other dilemmasMy Profile

  6. There is so much of this post with which I relate, especially “I couldn’t give any more. I was empty.” Even though my kids are in there 20’s, they still require “stuff” from me and time is sucked right out. Interestingly enough, the pressure has been more manageable since I started working again. I’m not as available for the little things.

    I was sick in November for two weeks just as you described. Hadn’t been sick like that in years. I reminded me that things I can’t control can kick my butt. It totally sucked!

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