Sometimes in life, a lot of things seem to pile up on you at once. I seem to be going through one of those times in my life right now. Going back to work is always stressful at the beginning of the new school year. Then some other things reared their ugly heads this weekend, like my dad going back into the hospital, the dog show this week and a social situation with some friends that really upset me. We finally had a perfect weather weekend and I had been looking forward to taking the dogs out for some fun on Sunday, before I got the text that my dad was in the hospital. Not being able to take them out with me was almost the straw that broke the camel’s back. My tendency is to just keep going and not give up, but I have to admit that I can’t keep being an island unto myself.
It occurred to me when I got home last night that I could either spend the very limited extra time I will have this week writing blog posts, or I could spend it soaking up a little canine therapy. There really is nothing in the world like spending a little time with a dog to help lift your spirits, calm your blood pressure and improve your quality of life. So, for my own well being, I’m going to take Tuesday and Thursday off from posting until I can get through some of the difficult obligations in my life this week.
As I thought about it, I just felt that I can’t be authentic about who I am and keep things on an even keel unless I put the dogs, my family and even myself first for a little bit. I can’t be my best for anyone if I burn the candle at both ends forever. While I would like to think that I can keep doing everything for everyone and being that island unto myself, I tell other people all the time to be kind to themselves. It’s hard, but I’m taking my own advice. I hope to have a witty, enjoyable post for everyone come Friday and that each of you has a wonderful week.