Archive for April, 2010

Knowing your limitations

I have a tendency to overload myself with chores and projects. I can write a gazillion to-do lists to fill my days, but there’s one problem: I’m not the best at following through. (Apparently I’m not the only one in my household, either – my husband has admitted that he’s the same way, but minus the list-writing part. I hope that doesn’t mean we’ll never get to the renos/maintenance our house needs…)

Sometimes I have days when I try to do too much to compensate, and others where I have very little motivation.

But it’s not always my fault that I’m inconsistent. Yesterday, for instance: The baby and I had had a rough night – not as bad as it could have been, but less sleep than usual. Waking up was difficult and even then I only had a few hours of energy before I had to face an important fact – I just couldn’t continue without arranging for a nap as soon as I could manage it.

To most people that probably sounds like nothing important in a mundane day, but as a mother who struggles with the extremes of overdoing and underperforming, it was a big deal to me. Knowing my limitation at that moment turned the day around. I can’t say it was perfect after my much-needed nap, but I didn’t beat myself up about my lack of energy as I’ve done in the past.

I guess that was my lesson of the day. (You know that saying “You learn something new every day”? Happens to be true in my life, if I’m paying attention anyway.) Wonder what today’s will be…

~ Becca

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