Sunday, March 22, 2020

#SOL20 Day 22 I'm Going to a Party!

If you want to join in on Leigh Anne's Spring Fling, check it out here

Dear Leigh Anne,
I'm so happy you invited me to your Spring Fling this year. This whole quarantine thing can be kind of confining, a pain in the rear, hard,  lonely, so getting together with friends, even virtually, is a great way to brighten up your day!

I've been thinking a lot about self-care since I got your invitation. Everyone has different ways to take care of themselves, but here's what I'm bringing:

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Music  Since this whole quarantining thing began, I've rediscovered music I love. And some new music too. I've been watching live stream concerts, DVD's that we have, specials on TV and our old albums and CDs. The music brings such JOY when I listen to it, that I just have to share. Let me know what kind of music you like. I'm sure we have it. I know for sure I'm going to bring James Taylor's new album, American Standard. It's full of old tunes sung like only James Taylor could.









Chloe.  I'm bringing Chloe because she makes everyone happy. She's silly and energetic. Chloe loves people and wants them to love her too. She's up for cuddling and being petted. She loves to go for walks or play games of fetch. I just know that she is going to get us all up and moving, with a little laughter thrown in for good measure.






Wine and Chocolate. What's a party without one or the other? You can pick your poison, so to speak. As we sit and visit, we can share a small indulgence and spoil ourselves a bit. Some days, you just have to do that. If my husband was coming, he'd bring pie. One of my besties would bring really good coffee. We all have little things like this that make a moment special. It's important for us all to do this now.


I'm going to bring one more thing if that's OK Leigh Anne. And that is forgiveness. 
Forgive yourself for not being the perfect spouse, child, sibling, teacher, parent, etc.
Forgive yourself for your anger at the situation.
Forgive yourself for not getting your lists completed.
Forgive others for not calling, for calling, for taking all the toilet paper.
Forgive your boss for not knowing exactly what to do.
Forgive the government for the same thing.

Forgiveness doesn't make you weak. It doesn't mean you don't care anymore. Forgiveness is for healing. And that's the best self-care I know.

13 comments:

  1. I especially needed to read "forgive yourself for not getting your lists completed." My spring break was spent in a funk with all this starting up just as we were starting our break. I will be practicing some self-care today, too!

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    1. You know, I need it too. I kept thinking of all I could get done, and then not doing any of it. I think we all need time to process what's going on.

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  2. Thank you for joining us and for bringing the music, Chloe, chocolate and wine, but especially for the forgiveness! I think we all need that.

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  3. A party is a great way to share feelings and realize we are not alone. Wine and chocolate - a perfect combination. I even have a bottle of chocolate covered cherry wine.

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    1. Two of my favorite things. And I love chocolate wine--you should definitely bring that!

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  4. Thanks for bringing yourself and Chloe. And the forgiveness reminders.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. We all need a little of both in our lives right now.

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  5. Deb, of course, Chloe needs to be a guest to bring a sense of liveliness to the party. Forgiveness is a huge gift to bring. Today, as I waited for the Catholic Mass to come on TV, I heard a pastor preach on forgiveness. Never go to sleep angry-something I've know for years and need to be reminded of. There is so much healing when forgiveness is practiced.

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    1. You are right, Carol. I couldn't find the exact quote I wanted, but you have to be strong to forgive others and yourself. We all just need to live with a little more forgiveness and grace these days.

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  6. I’m so happy to join this party. Forgiveness is your bonus self care gift, but so very important. Thank you!

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    1. I just figured we could all use the reminder.

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  7. I am all for spoiling ourselves with chocolate. And thank you for bringing Chloe. I hope she enjoys the party.

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