For the past 18 months (which feels like 18 years!) we have talked about endurance and resilience and bucking up to stay strong during these crazy times.
But today is about relief! RESPITE. In the Medicare Hospice Benefit, there is a level of care called Respite. Where caregivers can get a rest by having their loved one admitted to a facility for up to 5 days to give the caregiver a much-needed break.
What kind of a respite do you need today? What will give you a breather from the chaos swirling around all of us? A nap? Is it a walk? Is it a drive to see Fall unfolding? Is it a funny movie or blueberry pancakes with extra syrup and no guilt?
Things that fill my soul offering respite from my daily routine and reality are a boat ride and a walk in the wilderness on Cumberland Island, GA then watching the sunset with my sweetie.
Along with Music, Poetry, Art, Nature, laughter, BEAUTY, and yes, college football (Go Gators!).
If you don't yet feel comfortable going into a crowded indoor setting to see or hear a live event, go virtually! Take a virtual stroll through the Louvre in Paris or the Smithsonian in DC or the MOMA museum in New York City in your PJ’s.
Take a RESPITE from your troubles today, you deserve it! You’ve got this. You are strong, you are resilient, you are kind, and you know how to be disciplined and focused.
And yet…do you know when it’s time for a rest?
I leave you with a final glimpse of summer by my favorite poet Mary Oliver:
A Summer Day
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass.
How to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Don’t forget to breathe. Be kind, to yourself first, Remember, take one step, one hour, one day at a time.
Love and Light,
PS Share with me your idea of an ideal respite, I want to add to my respite repertoire!
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