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Listening to Your Body
Who gets a sinus infection in the middle of the summer? Me, that’s who. It came just as I was ready to enjoy the weekend after a most stressful week. As soon as I had a second to breathe, I realized that I only had one set-in-stone plan for the weekend. I silently rejoiced. This weekend was going to be good. Relaxing even. Yet, just as quickly as the notion of relaxation came to mind, my ‘to do’ list also came to mind. I would relax, but this would also be a chance to knock some things off of my ever-growing to do list.
Well, in fact, this weekend was neither relaxing nor productive. It was filled with a fever, body aches, headaches, congestion, and a sore throat. My sinus infection was ever present, making me too weak to complete any tasks and to restless to relax. In short, this weekend sucked! And (of course) this caused me to reflect. Why in the world had I gotten sick in the middle of the summer anyway?!!?!
The easiest and most literal answer is that I picked up a virus or a bacteria. But the pseudo-philosophical, there’s a reason for everything, and there’s a deeper meaning in everything, Tiffany-like answer is that my body was forcing me to stop.
I had been going and going and going, non-stop, for a few weeks now, adding more and more to my plate, and at the very moment that I could have chosen to stop, I, instead contemplated what actions I could fill my time with. Always filling my time. Rarely just being. This was my body’s way of telling me, of forcing me, to just be. Ideally, I’d get this message sans the sinus infection, but sometimes we just don’t listen to the signs of exhaustion–the sleepless nights, the fatigue. And in those instances of stubbornness, our body takes things into it’s own hands, forcing us to slow down (or else).
In the end I was forced to listen. I stayed in bed all weekend and also took it pretty easy today. Hopefully next time I’ll heed the messages my body tells me before I get sick. But if not, at least I can be fairly confident that my body’s spiny senses will kick in, and knock me down before I can do too much (further) damage.