Something useful

Today I have been off work with a mildly scratchy throat. Thankfully it hasn’t impacted my energy levels, or affected my appetite, or made my mind feel foggy, too much. I managed to edit a fair amount of my book, read and respond to some blog posts, and do an small amount of exercise while my body works to recentre itself.

The scratchiness began to manifest just before the weekend, which thankfully spanned Saturday, Sunday, and Monday due to it being a holiday weekend here in New Zealand. Mostly I spent the days resting, to give myself the best chance of warding off my throat getting any worse. So far this has worked, and I took today (Tuesday) off work to rest further, rather than because my body desperately needed it. This decision was a good one, and going back to work tomorrow is a more intelligent proposition.

Regardless of how unwell I feel, I find it difficult to take even one day off work. What this pandemic has taught, and hopefully instilled in me, is how important a decision this is. Time off without needing to spend mental energy at my paid job is helpful. Time spent resting, and reading, and drinking a lot of water is necessary to recuperate. But the most important thing, is reducing the risk of spreading whatever illness I currently have. If we’re sick, the most useful thing we can do is stay home. We are not a bad human if we make this decision to stay away from work, but the opposite. We are being a good human, caring for ourselves and others.

During the weekend, I did struggle with finding motivation to do productive things around the house. Empty the dishwasher, help with tidying up the living area, have even an inkling of a thought that I would like to cook let alone have the mental capacity to. This frustrated me. Over the past three years, and the last year in particular, I have cultivated my brain response to be, “just do the thing.” If I walk past the dishwasher and it needs emptying, I empty it. If I see the kitchen needs a bit of tidy up, I tidy it. If I see the rubbish and recycling need taking down to the basement, I take the rubbish and recycling to the basement.

This weekend I didn’t have the mental capacity to do “just do the thing.” In writing this post, I have realised I need to forgive myself, and am working on that as we speak. That is something I can do right now which is helpful to my mental wellbeing. It might not have an obvious physical representation of its “usefulness,” but it will give me the mental capacity to do those household chores sooner, as I take pragmatic action to recover as quickly as I can.

Like most tools in my toolbox it’s not a foolproof process but a work in progress (WIP). I am a work in progress. We all are. And tomorrow is another chance for us all to learn, and grow, and help each other.

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Do you find time to engage in self-care within your soul?

How can you work on forgiving yourself for not making the best decisions yesterday, to be better prepared to dive headfirst into the beauty of tomorrow?

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We have value. So much more than we give ourselves credit for. Remember to take a deep breath and acknowledge this when you can. PEACE.

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10 thoughts on “Something useful

  1. AP2 says:

    Sometimes I get annoyed at myself for not being more productive or I feel guilty when I take a night off. It’s silly really because it’s just a sign that I need to slow down a tough. I’m usually more productive the next day as a result. My experience is it never helps to beat yourself up about the past – whether you could/should have done more. It’s irrelevant. We can only deal with what’s in front of us now. Don’t cry over spilt milk as they say. Simply get back on the horse and try try again. Easier said than done of course! Hope you’re feeling better Hamish 🙏

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    1. Hamish says:

      Thank you for your kindness and wisdom. This is something I know I will learn and re-learn for the rest of my life: rest is a decision, and a good one.

      Learn from mistakes, but don’t dwell on them.

      I am feeling better, but it’s a slow process – like learning to listen to my body when it says rest!

      Go well into your week AP!

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  2. kinge says:

    Get well soon. Taking time of to recover and rejuvenate is essential. Sometimes we rush too much forgetting to pause and do what’s necessary.

    I agree, it’s the little things that add up to progress even house chores. I normally forgive my past deeds by being totally present in the moment and letting the past regrets go.

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    1. Hamish says:

      Thank you reading and sharing your wisdom. Rushing around seems productive because we are “doing something,” But it’s it something useful or just busying ourselves? I know I fall into that tap sometimes of filling up my schedule, instead of schedule in rest.

      The past is done, as you and others have said here. Forgive ourselves and take small steps when we need to, to add up to big things.

      I pray you go well into this coming week, and give yourself appropriate time to rest. Peace to you, my friend.

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      1. kinge says:

        Very good questions to ponder on. I also think sometimes we busy ourselves(unknowingly) so that we avoid dealing with the actual issues at hand. Accepting self care is important is a step towards wellness.

        Welcome and wishing you peace and wellness.

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  3. Gary Fultz says:

    When I star out the day with no energy, If I can do something it builds energy for doing the next thing…unless I’m just physically too sick. I know about the dishwasher calling out as I walk by.

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    1. Hamish says:

      “The Call of the Dishwasher” There might be a personal development book in there somewhere!

      You’re right, and thank you for pointing it out. When we have no energy at the start of a day, do a little thing and go from there. Even if that day is made up only of little things, it is made up of what we were capable of that day. Thank you for sharing this insight and wisdom.


  4. Navin says:

    Sometimes things can wait like tidying up & emptying the dish washer….you must give yourself the first priority….productivity is good but sometimes, the body, soul & mind need a moment of nothingness….that’s productive at a different level….thank you for your heartfelt sharing, dear Hamish ✨

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    1. Hamish says:

      “but sometimes, the body, soul & mind need a moment of nothingness”. That wisdom right there is something this world could benefit from. Embracing the peace of silence and stillness. Thank you Navin. ♥

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