Be there for yourself
But first be there for everyone else
Stress, family crisis, the highs, lows and fears
of those closest to you
Make sure you are “doing” self-care
But be there for them first.
Clean, support, tend-to, cheer-lead
Remember to breathe
But remind them to breathe first.
Express feelings of overwhelmed, frustration, and exhaustion
Do not play martyr or victim.
Express your needs and wants
to the faces that return blank stares
Reminding them that it’s appropriate to insert empathy here.
Try not to push play on the tape of guilt for
also needing support, and rest.
After all, you are the rock
you can keep it together and make sure everyone is okay.
Until you can’t…
Sometimes life is off-kilter.
The balance is skewed and the world seems to spin faster.
You know things will right itself.
It’s the law of nature and impermanence.
As the body electric settles down
I listen to the gentle snores of humans and critters resting
The world has slowed, the simultaneous crises are resolving
and life is finding its natural rhythm for the ones I love.
Where did I drop that oxygen mask?
You know the one that says, “Put on your own oxygen mask before helping others?”
Oh, there it is; it fell off my overloaded plate.
My outer world has been off kilter.
It happens sometimes, it’s temporary, a balance will be restored…life.