I slept in this morning. Two long days this week, back to back, and I was tired.
So I allowed myself to continue sleeping even when my mind said, “It’s time to get up!”
I feel refreshed. Rested. Excited about my day.
It’s all about giving myself medicine first — and for me, that begins with giving myself permission to not listen to my head when it is urging me to get going, get up, and instead, to go with what my body is telling me — to rest, refresh, restore.
Even in listening to my body, however, my thinking mind still wants to jump in and say, “C’mon. You shouldn’t be tired. So what if those were 12 hour days with lots of prep work and lots of personal interactions with strangers. You shouldn’t be tired.”
Actually, what it’s really saying is, “you don’t have the right to be tired.”
My mind thinks I should be super woman.
My body knows better.
It isn’t the length of the days that was tiring. It was the personal interaction. The talking to strangers. The ‘being on’ and while I am authentically interested in connecting to people, hearing what they have to say, learning their stories and listening to their perspectives, I find myself in need of a great deal of quiet time when I’m done, especially as I’m not done yet — with the personal interactions and connecting to people.
That work is never done — and this week, on Saturday, I am off to a Women’s conference to be the keynote speaker and to present an hour-long workshop on…. blogging!
So…. here’s where you can play a part in my presentation — Pretty please.
For those of you who blog, the question is.
What makes blogging? Why do you do it?
And for those of you who don’t blog but read them… the question is still “what makes blogging great?” and: What do you like/get/find worthwhile about reading blogs?
What I plan on doing in my presentation is to present some of your answers — with your first name or online name or whatever name you tell me you’d like to be recognized as — to provide my audience a big picture of bloggers and blog readers that speaks to our diversity and geographic location and in particular, our inspiration.
If you read here on WordPress, feel free to leave your response in the Comments section — pretty please. 🙂
If you read on Facebook — please just fill in the reply box and send away! Pretty please. 🙂
And, if you’d prefer to simply send me an email, please do — louise[at]louisegallagher.ca
Pretty please and thank you!
And to answer my own questions — I started reading blogs firsts. Sometime in 2006 a friend send me a link to Mark is Musing. I started following Mark’s blog and then, inspired by Mark’s commitment to the craft of writing, I started my first blog in March of 2007 — “Recover Your Joy“. My original intent was to keep myself writing daily. Now, with eight years under my belt of daily blogging, it’s about keeping myself balanced, centered. As my eldest daughter, Alexis, said when she was writing her daily blog, How I survived myself” for a year, it’s a form of meditation.”
And it is. A form of meditation. I write free-flow. I don’t generally pre-plan my blogs. I don’t have a pre-determined message. I simply trust in the process and allow the words and ideas to flow. I have about 45 minutes every morning that I allot to blog writing. And then, mostly in the evenings, I will visit blogs I follow — I’d like to do more of that but some days there simply isn’t time (like this week). I love to learn from others. To be a part of their life experiences. To read their stories and be inspired by how their lives are unfolding and the things they do to make a difference in the world.
Bloggers are another form of community — and I love community.
So… that’s it. If you’re willing to participate. Thank you.
Your presence here is wonderful participation, connection, everyday — I love our community of spirited living!
Blessings to all. May your day be filled with moments so tender your breath escapes your body with a sigh of delight as your heart softens into Love.