Take Good Care of Yourself

Remember to take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup.
– Unknown

No one wants an empty cup.

If you’ve ever flown, you’ll remember in the flight attendant pre-flight speech that no one ever listens too, you’re always told that in the event the oxygen masks come out of the ceiling, put yours on first before helping a child or someone else who needs assistance.

There’s a good deal of logic in that. If you’re incapacitated, there’s not much chance that you’re going to be able to help others.

Don’t get me wrong. This is not some sort of selfish “me first” post. It’s always important and approriate to consider others before your own wishes and needs.

Any parent already knows that. That’s not the point.

As much as I talk about how I have too much to do, and I do, I know the reality is that I have to be deliberate in how I take care of myself. Otherwise, all of that is going to fall apart and I’m not going to be any good to anyone, including myself.

Sure, I wish I’d had this revelation when I was in my 20s, or even 30s, or…well, you get the point.

But, what I know now is that there are certain choices I have to make to keep going.

What are those choices?

Taking care of my health. I’m almost sixty and I’m overweight. I’m working on the weight, but I can’t do anything to stop getting older.

Here’s the thing, I know that I also have arthritis, and I know that if I don’t keep moving, it’s only going to get worse and come to the point when I won’t be able to move.

So, I try to get to the gym and at least do the pool or the bike as often as possible. When weather permits, and when I’m not being a lazy slug, I try to walk at lunchtime.

I also try, I said try, to maintain a healthy diet. No, I’m not dieting. I’m making healthy choices that include a mostly primal eating plan. As I mentioned in my More or Less post, since the accident and the holidays that’s been a bit difficult to follow.

Still, I know when I exercise and eat right, I feel better.

The same goes for rest. I can’t burn the midnight oil and get up with the chickens. I don’t have chickens. I wouldn’t mind having some except for the fact that I’d have to get up with them. And, I have promised myself and my wife that there will be no more livestock.

Rest also applies to not working seven days a week. As you may recall, I ended my time at the amusement park in September, before the season ended. I just couldn’t maintain a seven-day work week. I miss working there. Right now I know applications are being taken for the 2018 season. Part of me wants to but…I…just…can’t.

Taking care of myself also applies to watching how much we spend.

It applies to reading and learning, more on that tomorrow.

And, it applies to finding some time for just me.

I’m an introvert. Alone time is medically necessary.

These are not selfish things. These are things that I (and you) need to do to take care of myself so that I can think about doing things for others.

Or doing more for myself.

But, that’s another post.

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Recaffeinated Mondays: Back to the Grind

No, not the coffee grinder, unfortunately.

I realize that most of you went back to work last week and worked a full two day so or so before the snow that kept most of us inside. I know, I know, not everywhere was closed.

Today I go back to the day job after two weeks. I started to type two glorious weeks. They were pretty darned good, but I’m not sure I’d call them glorious.

We had some good family time, some good time with friends, and did a fine job celebrating Christmas. We also had to pay for furnace repairs…after Christmas.

The tip jar is still in the sidebar. I’m just saying.

Alas, while I did a good job of writing about my theme for 2018 on Friday…you did read Friday’s post, didn’t you?…I didn’t exactly “Get Things Done” over my vacation.

No, that’s not exactly true. I did a lot of things, including helping get the family ready for Christmas. For the first time in years, we weren’t wrapping presents after the boys went to bed on Christmas Eve.

I did a good bit of just relaxing. Managed to binge-watch all eight Harry Potter movies. I did not, unfortunately, binge-watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I no longer have a working DVD drive in my computer. I’m not suffering, I just couldn’t get it to work. True, I could watch them downstairs, and I may still do so this winter…but it is not this day.

I also managed to re-binge-watch The Crown because the bride had not seen it.

Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t spend the week after Christmas…or two weeks after Christmas as the case may be…just watching television.

What I didn’t get to was part of my to-do list. That involved clearing some debris from the yard, and some additional de-leafing, as well as cleaning out the garage.

I had good intentions, but face it, it’s frickin’ cold out there.

My plans were to take care of those things Tuesday through Friday of last week. But, as I mentioned when you read my posts last week…ahem…our furance went out on Monday night. I spent most of Tuesday wearing every piece of clothing I owned waiting for the repair guys. I wasn’t inclined to work out in twenty-ish degree weather when I had no place to retreat to to get warm.


Those aren’t excuses. They’re circumstances.

Thankfully, due to a bizarre partnership between Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Martin Luther, King, Jr. and former Governor Jim Gilmore, I have a four-day weekend coming up.

True story.

I know, you’re thinking, when does this guy ever work?

All the time, my friend. All the time.

So, the tasks will be accomplished. Just not in my original timeframe. And that’s okay.

But, don’t be getting snarky about thinking I wasn’t doing anything while I was off.

I managed to update three websites: This one, Historic Occasions, and my personal writing website: Michael R. Fletcher: Writing and Graphic Design.

And, by the time you read this post on Monday I will have posted five, count ’em, five blog posts here and at Historic Occasions.

I am happy to pause for a moment whilst you consider how impressed you are.

Likewise I did a good bit of reading. Come back Wednesday and I’ll talk more about that.

Not to be discounted, I am in one way or another currently working with four scripts. One for a show I’m acting in. One for a show I’m directing. My continued editing of Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy, and one that I just can’t talk about yet. You know I will when I can. On a side note, tonight I’m reading another script with the Richmond Playwright’s Forum.

So, honestly, I made pretty good use of the time.

Will I be able to keep up this pace? Maybe, maybe not.

But, I’ll get things done.

How about you?

Let me know if the comments. I have to get to work.

If I can remember where I left my office.

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