Are you ready for the summer?
In the US we are finishing up the school year and heading into holiday.
Did you finish your spring cleaning and get your body into swim suit condition?
Maybe your priorities have changed. Have you become less concerned about how you look and more concerned about your long term health?
If feeling good well into the future has become top priority for you, eating healthier and committing to an exercise program should be on your to do list.
Feeling good is a worthy goal spring, summer, winter or fall.
Fitness is wasted on the young. When you can’t get out and enjoy your grand-son’s baseball game, fitness is about more than looking good, it’s about quality of life! The causes of extreme fatigue may not be obvious, but the effects are hard to ignore.
Do you hit a wall every evening? Are you so tired at the end of the day that you can’t enjoy your family?
I’m no spring chicken, but I am not over the hill by anyone’s definition. Yet the constant hectic pace of single parenting really taxes my energy reserves if I don’t nurture myself.
When you hear a mother complain about being weary, do you assume that she is a co-dependent care taker? As women we are encouraged to “learn to say no”.
This past week I have really struggled with that. I wanted to say no to my daughters who have been begging to audition for the Community Theater Summer Musical again this year.
It is such a great experience, but it’s also a big commitment with many long rehearsal hours and 3 weekends in a row of performing. It really eats up the summer. This year I thought it would be so nice not to have a crazy hectic schedule.
The play this year is Peter Pan, and my 16 year old is absolutely crazy about Peter Pan. She even wrote an essay on the author and considers herself a “Peter Pan Expert”. She is just dying to be a part of the production.
The competition was very stiff this year, so I decided to allow them to audition and then discuss the situation when and IF they got parts in the play. I hate to admit that a part of me was hoping for the opportunity to learn the life lesson of disappointment.
When both of my daughters got the call offering them major dance parts in the play, we sat down for a heart to heart talk. There aren’t many activities you can get your kids involved in that offer the opportunity that theater does.
Community theater can teach your kids the value of hard work, the challenge of working closely with others, the joy of coming together around a common goal, staying quiet off stage, and always being ready for your cue. Each summer I have witnessed major growth in my young daughters and have felt grateful for the opportunity by closing night.
However, making the commitment to begin the journey is a whole lot harder. I sat down with my daughters and brain stormed ways that we can car pool and work with other families to make the long hours and many trips to the theater more livable for Mom. They were so happy for the opportunity that they promised to reach out and ask for help, and pitch in around the house.
Sometimes reaching out and asking for help can be more difficult than just saying no and disappointing the kids. The memories they will have from their Summer Musical days will last a life time and the skills they gain will carry over into whatever they decide to do with their lives.
Humbling yourself and reaching out to others creates community.
Creating community will nurture our children, and our children are our future!
Hey, there is something to be said for learning to say no, and there is a whole lot more to be said for giving of yourself to create community and opportunity! You may find that giving of yourself gives you more of a sense of purpose than you could ever imagine.
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PS– Remember everyday:
Relax and Release tension
Be active in a way that adds Joy to your life
Plus pure water ~whole foods~sunshine~and laughter