Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Care for the Caretaker

Women's Month!  Is it not simply awesome?  A whole month to celebrate womanhood!  I love being a woman.  I love it that I have an active sixth sense and am much more intuitive than most men.  I love it that as a woman I am allowed to be emotional. Women are blessed with the ability to bear children and to be nurturing.  Women are caring and selfless.  Being a woman in today's world means that we may do anything, go anywhere and become whatever we want to.  A woman is equally at home in the kitchen, on the sport field and alongside men in the boardrooms.  We may vote, we can make decisions about our own bodies and we may ask for help without feeling inadequate.

However, there is one drawback to being a woman and that is that we rarely understand when to quit, when is it time to let go.  Women inherently persevere against all odds.  We never give up and as a result we often suffer because of this trait.  We try to keep all the balls in the air at the same time. Our caring and nurturing natures compel us to always put everyone and everything else first in our lives.

We are the CEO's of our homes, the interior decorator, family nurse, educator and secretary, taxi service, spiritual councilor, cook and dishwasher, and general maintenance person.  We serve on school and church committees and often some or other charity as well.  We also wear the hats of gracious hostess and of course temptress to our dearly beloved. Then, often, we still have a job as well!  
From the moment we wake up we start rushing around from the one place to the other, juggling appointments at a speed that will be the envy of a circus performer.  We seldom stop to think about everything we do, we just do it, because it has to be done.  

However, all of this tends to come at a price.  Sooner or later we falter.  We fall prey to all sort of ailments.  We become weary or depressed.  Our health deteriorates, or bodies succumb to aches and pains, we tend to gain or sometimes, lose weight.  Yet, it does not end there, with our suffering, no, it begins to take its toll on our families, our marriages and our children.

The question is "What should we do?"

I share with you this quote from Michelle Obama:

"Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own “to do” list. "

Yes, we have to make taking care of ourselves a priority too.  If we constantly give, give, give then we are busy emptying our mental, spiritual and physical bank account.  Before long we will have nothing left in that bank account and thus have nothing more to give.  That is exactly when we enter spiritual and mental bankruptcy.

Making ourselves a priority as well, is not selfish or egotistical, it is very necessary.  It is vital to the well-being of our families and marriages.  The healthier we are mentally and physically we are, the stronger we will be and the more we will be able to do and give.  The more we nurture ourselves, and the more time we make for ourselves the more energy we will have to take care of everyone around us.

Let us use this Women's Month to take stock of ourselves and our needs.  Take time out of your busy schedule and make time for a little "ME" time.  Pamper yourself and see what a difference it will make to your total well-being.  Take care of the Caretaker.  Allow yourself to be fully woman.  
Be blessed, dear sister.

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