Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Where do You Put Your Energy?

The last few months my energy has slowly flowed downhill and dissipated each day around one p.m. Like a nagging dripping faucet, I could hear the air going out of me, and I felt powerless to do anything about it. I thought it was my thyroid and a simple change in my medication would be a cure all. I was wrong.

Last month, on June 11th, my doctor told me I had diabetes and if I didn't change my life, I would die early.

Yeesh. Talk about a wake up call.

Now, a month later, I am a different person. No longer do I need that nap that lasted anywhere from one to three hours. No longer do I drag from place to place. Taking care of my physical needs has given me back a precious, precious gift - energy.
But this new energy has provided for me a wonderful quandary. Where do I put my energy? I know now that a vital priority is exercise. Today I walked Scooby and played in the pool with Noah. That took energy. After my walk, I spend time with Jesus while I allow the fountain of sweat pour off me. I clean. I cook. I spend time with Noah and John. And of course, I write. But what about the other activities I'd like to do? What about hanging with friends, facebook and blogs, reading and TV?

For the longest time, I have had to measure out what I could do and where I could go because I knew that my energy was limited. But now, I'm back and better than ever. You know how when you get better after a sickness, you tend to do too much too soon, just because you are so happy to be healthy? I might be in that category right now. But it is wonderful!

So I need your help. How do you know where to put your energy? How do you prioritize?


Red Bridges Home said...

I know exactly what you are talking about. That's how I felt after my recent surgery. I'll be the first to admit that I can be a better steward of where I spend my energy but having said that, right now I'm focusing it on re-establishing some relationships that I allowed to wilt because I just didn't feel good. And since I love gardening so much and have an artistic bend, I'm teaching myself (via books) how to make Garden art with concrete. Sounds wierd I know, but I came across a book called A Garden Gallery by George Litle and David Lewis and wow was I inspired. They are artists and the worlds they create for people are astoundingly beautiful.

Glad you are feeling better!

Loretta said...

Just keep doing what you're doing my friend...and keep writing.