That picture you see up there is what I posted to Instagram yesterday (because I mostly take pictures of my lunch or my messes – see for yourself!).
What you might see when you look at that photo is some groceries that eventually need put away. No big deal, right?
What I see is an impossible feat of physical and mental endurance. Sort of like climbing Mt. Everest…or running a marathon…or competing in the Olympic Games with one hand tied behind my back.
I have felt so tired lately that simple tasks, like putting away groceries, are enough to make me want to go cry in a corner somewhere. Oh, how I wish I was joking!
But since there’s no crying in homemaking (now I’m totally joking – I cry all the time!), I don’t have the luxury of giving in to a breakdown every time I feel exhausted to the point of tears. There’s work that needs done, and I can’t sit around waiting for some magical energy to land on me. My world isn’t going to slow down just because I am.
One obvious solution to my exhaustion problem would be to get more sleep. (Well, duh!) For me, that isn’t a solution I can make happen right now. My husband is working crazy hours, and it’s more important to spend time with him than it is to get extra sleep. And, honestly, not spending time with my sweetie has a much worse effect on me than missing sleep. That’s a proven fact.
While there are lots of things we can do to help fight off exhaustion, I think we all go through seasons when dealing with the root of our exhaustion isn’t possible. Maybe the baby isn’t sleeping through the night, or you’re working two jobs, or you’re trying to finish some home renovations before moving into the new house.
Whatever the cause, sometimes exhaustion doesn’t play by the rules. Sometimes, we need to need to figure out how to survive the season, even if we can’t solve the issues.
That’s where I am right now. I’m forcing myself to push through so I can be productive each day. And I’m learning that when I’m intentional about my actions, my energy actually increases. Who knew!?!
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