Running on Empty

Moms!! What do you do with your time? Do you shuffle kids from one activity to the next? Do you make sure the household affairs are all in order? Do you make sure your family is fed a reasonably healthy diet…or at least take their vitamins? Do you make sure to keep the collection agencies at bay by paying your bills on time…or at least all the minimum payments? Do you oversee grades and homework and bath time?

What do you do for you?

What do you do to make sure you are taken care of?

What do you do to make sure you are healthy and reasonably sane while you are taking care of everyone else?

I know you are busy taking care of your family. YOU are doing a great job!

But who is taking care of you? Who is making sure you are filled up and ready to take on the needs of your family?

I tend to drive my van until the arrow is on or below the line and then it’s a panicked drive to the gas station to fill up before I find myself stranded on the side of the road. Fortunately it’s been a long time since I’ve actually run out of gas, but the panicked drive to the filling station is a regular occurrence. My handsome fella has warned me that this is terrible for my van. He has warned me that driving on empty is not only going to leave me stranded one day but may cause our van to wear out before it’s time….or at least the fuel pump.

What will happen to your family if you wear out before your time? Do you ever get a panicked feeling that life is too much? Do you ever feel like all this stuff and all these crazy schedules are about to cause a melt down on the side of the road and it won’t be your children or your husband that are sitting there in a heap?

Do something for yourself today. Take 5 minutes and breath. Read a chapter out of a book YOU want to read. Crank up some tunes, let go and dance when nobodies watching. Go for a walk down your favorite path. Do something for you! Do something that will refresh your soul! Do it today! Do it before someone has to rescue you off the side of the road and tow you in for a fill up.

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