A Quickie by Robin Gorman Newman
Whether a foot massage...
Phone chat with a close friend...
High intensity run...
Romp in the hay...
It can all feel pretty good, even if fleeting. And, sometimes as multi-tasking moms, we have to be grateful for what we can squeeze in.
This topic arose for me this week when a friend emailed on Monday that she'd love to chat, and Seth was off from school (Martin Luther King Day), so I had no time for much of anything other than engaging him.
My friend is single (no kids), so her time is always her own. And, while she wrote that she understood, I felt she had a strong need to connect.
So, as I finally got out of the house....to head to the gym.....with Seth in tow...I decided to give my friend a call (on speaker cell phone) from the car. I started off the chat by saying I was calling for a "quickie." We could have gone on for hours, as we have done in the past, time-permitting. But, that wasn't about to happen now so I wanted to let her know upfront. It was good to hear her voice, at the very least. And, she got to share what was on her mind, so I was glad to be there.
It's so easy to feel that we can't do something because our schedule just doesn't permit. And, then we feel bored or deprived or drained...or any multitude of not-positive emotions. But, does it have to be that way? Isn't something better than nothing? OK....maybe not everything (a whole chocolate bar is better than a bite), but, it's something to consider. It might satiate you more than you'd expect.
While I often yearn for a vacation, sometimes just an overnight someplace you enjoy can be rejuvenating.
Getting to the gym isn't always viable, but fitness experts will say that high intensity 10 minutes sprints can be beneficial.
Having a 60 minute foot massage, my favorite, is always a treat. But, if I can't find the time, I'll go for a 30 minute session, or entice my husband to give me one....which would likely be around three minutes, but I'll take it.
My point is that we don't always have to think BIG. Life is full and busy.....but you can find pockets of joy and carve out time for things that bring you pleasure....even if it's just for mere moments. Our bodies and minds have muscle memory, so the positive vibes can last and remind you of what you're entitled to want and create in your life, even if caught up in the daily throes of demanding parenting.
This is a "quickie" blog, as it's been one of those weeks, but you get my gist.
Take a look at your week ahead, and make a vow to work in some "quickie" ME time. You'll be all the better for it, as will your family.