Little girls and little boys get tired. They begin to pull at their ears and rub at their eyes and engaging with them becomes increasingly less pleasant when all they really want to do is go home, pull off their little socks and lay down in a comfy spot… any spot.
Gentleness at such times is advised… dirty knees and filthy faces may have to wait now, as the harsh scrubbing away of the days debris should obviously have taken place an hour ago… but to disturb play would have been a wasted magical moment… sleep is all that matters now.
Have you ever noticed how when we pursue anything to the extreme we lose ourselves in the driving desire to feel more? Oftentimes this gratification, which I referred to as hedonism in my last post, fuels us to the point of over-stimulation and we all to soon arrive at physical exhaustion just moments after euphoria reaches a pinnacle… (in many adults this is mirrored in a post-orgasmic snooze)… and is merely a reflection of giving life your all.
The thing I’m finding fascinating though (actually, I’m finding everything fascinating at the moment) is the tendency to momentarily fall prey to the belief that you can’t affect anything when you become exhausted… that moment when you mistake an inability to think straight for being a victim or a lesser version of the powerhouse that just spent the last 10 days straight ripping around the playground of life, showing it whose wearing the ruby slippers!
Principle 6: I AM Self-Full is a deliberate statement, it means “me first.” When the little cherub is screaming whilst you’re scrubbing her knees, she isn’t interested in anything except Barnabus the fluffy bunny and bed. Her needs are immediate, she knows it and she has no idea why you feel the grubby child getting mud on the sheets is your priority instead of turning the house upside down to find said stuffed bunny so she can sleep safe… in essence, she’s responding to her own needs and all else will wait until tomorrow.
My only question to you then would be this: are you listening and responding to the needs of your inner cherub? Your body, mind and spirit need to regenerate regularly so staying in touch with your physical self and your moment to moment needs is paramount. If you’re not paying attention then tomorrow’s playtime will be a recreated nightmare and the endless summer will be well and truly over.
Work. Rest. Play… Balance. The moon’s turning dark… listen.
More later… (when I’ve had a day off and a little nap) x