What I am getting at? Basically it is as simple as the title suggests, understanding the importance of you and prioritizing your needs for yourself in your weekly timetable. I guess the reason I originally started to tailor this post to the mother zone is because being a mother is a big part of my world now but it is not the only part.
Being a mother means that my world is full, the more children we add to our mighty team the fuller it becomes as I am not just a mother but a wife, a dance teacher, a friend, a daughter, sister, valued team member in Church ministries and most importantly I am a unique individual. Each one of these aspects and responsibilities in my life all require valuable time for them to be nourished and grow into successful jobs and relationships.
I have been thinking about funerals lately not because I am morbid but because I have a beautiful Nana who one day we will be saying our final good byes too. I was thinking about who would be at her funeral and it would most likely be her family that adore her and the lovely staff that have cared for her for so many years in the home she lives in. Unfortunately my Nana has been living with Alzheimer's disease from what I would say a young age, so the years she has had left to impact the world are not as many as we would have hoped. It causes me to think about who would be at my funeral and I would hope that with being a healthy person and the many years I have left I would be able to impact a whole world full of people. I want to live a fuller life than I already have so that I can encourage and inspire others to live the best lives they can live. I guess that is how I see funerals, not only are they a final farewell but also a snap shot into the person you are and the people you encountered not just because of how many people attend but the stories they tell.
I have tried giving that way where you feel really refreshed and ready to give, you give all that you have and then your exhausted and it takes a while to fill that giving jug back up again. In the meantime while your trying to refill you have to deal with tiredness, emotions out of control, frustration, insecurities. But now I want to try sitting under the tap and leaving it on so I don't just get full but I become overflowing, spilling out everywhere with more than enough to give to others and plenty of goodness for myself.
Others like my husband love to have regular time with hobbies. My husband loves to play board games and he is a dedicated football fan. Football is seasonal but when he is in that season of playing every weekend, if he was the type of guy that would skip through life singing that is what he'd be doing. But because its seasonal he plays a lot of board games and has a group of friends where the meet weekly to play there complicated and very competitive games. No matter what his week has been like doing these things for him fill him with joy and excitement for life.