Some weeks are more difficult to get through than others are. Such was this past week:
It began with a ‘non-constructive’ slam of a critique on my last manuscript, spending hours online looking for an apartment in Paris, and feeling the stress of leaving my kids (and new boyfriend) for all of September.
I know, not earthshaking catastrophes, but these events shook my emotions.
So when I came across this quote:
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Dr. Shuller
My first thought was “yeah, that’s right,” until my heart spoke:
“When the going gets tough, the tough rest.” Mona AlvaradoFrazier
It’s okay to rest, to power down, be still and feel. It’s okay to dedicate a little time for mourning. (Thank you to a friend who gave me this thoughtful advice after reading the slam critique). It’s okay not to be “strong.”
It’s not about having a tough skin. Even a rhino gets pissed off when stupid birds peck on its back for the hundredth time.
Tough skin needs a break sometimes too.
I’m taking a siesta for a couple of days, unplugging, to dedicate time to rest, heal my spirit, so I can tackle what needs to be done.
In fact, I started this morning. Here’s a few things I came across that made me feel encouraged, inspired, or laugh.
Look at life from every angle:
To remember, next week:
To remember, always:
I hope you have a great weekend. Be tough, be strong and rest.
Au revoir mon ami.