How can we expect ourselves to be productive if we are simply trying to survive from one moment to the next? Creativity may flow from desperation, but finding the energy to follow through is another story. We can become chronically exhausted, depressed, and overwhelmed by work and family demands (or our own expectations). Where is the energy for healthy productivity when we are dealing with long term illness, or responsible for the care of special needs children or aging parents? I stand in awe of friends who have shown remarkable resilience in the face of such challenges – but I have also seen in those same friends a sometimes-desperate need for rest, for self-compassion, and for a little TLC.
Our hen made it! Within a few hours she was beginning to twitch and then opened her eyes. She was pretty wobbly for a few days, but she ate voraciously. Within a week she had feathers sprouting everywhere and was soon back in the coop with her buddies. Now, we can’ t even tell which one she was. And we’re getting eggs again.
Lesson to self: When I’m going through a tough time, maybe I need to be wrapped in a towel and placed on a heating pad – or at least offer myself a good dose of rest and self-compassion, rather than feeling guilty for not living up to my expectations. The time is never wasted. In those still, quiet moments I can become whole again and return with a new energy for the work I’m called to do.
Thanks, chickens! (And thanks to Michelle C for the artwork.)