Nothing like a cold to stop you dead in your tracks this time of year.
I had a busy week planned with volunteering at my son’s school, a bake sale, Thanksgiving dinner, running a Black Friday offer for my prenatal yoga classes, and an out of town trip. All of this, of course, was on top of my regular mom, daughter, aunt, friend, yogi, and life duties.
But then—BAM—Sunday afternoon I felt a cold coming on, and by Monday morning I was a coughing, sneezing, sniffling mess.
I was forced to abandon over half of what I had planned for the week. At first, I felt disappointed and guilty. So many people were counting on me it seemed! But then I remembered that I can’t serve from an empty plate. If I'm sick, I’m sick. There is no use running myself into the ground. What good would I be then? Now, I’m feeling grateful that this cold forced me to slow down and only do what I absolutely must. I was feeling frazzled as it was even without the sickness, and I was on track to rob myself of some of the joy of the holiday.
So here’s my two cents for this holiday season.
Don’t try to do it all. Let go of the guilt of not doing everything for everybody. Find joy in simplicity.
Slow down. Like the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race.
Happy Thanksgiving yogis!