You Gotta Lay Your Burdens Down

Last week, I put a few things which were stressing me out behind me. I don’t think any one thing was particularly bad, but cumulatively, on top of my ordinary (or not) life, it had gotten to the point where it was literally making me sick.

So about mid-week, I started listening to my gut. I let go of some ongoing freelance side work I wasn’t really enjoying and didn’t really need the money from.

The next day, I finished a short story for an anthology which I’ve known about for months but which of course, I waited till the last minute to actually write. A better fix would have been to have written it sooner, but at least I did get it done.

And then on Friday, I begged off a work project which was bringing back some very unhappy memories. Faced with the choice of bringing up personal matters at work, or working on something that was making me physically ill, I ended up going with the former.

I don’t really like that I can’t do everything. My limitations often make me incredibly frustrated. But refusing to acknowledge and honor them just ends up making things worse. Putting just three relatively small burdens behind me has already freed up a lot of mental and emotional energy.

I hope this week, you can find the strength to put down some heavy things you maybe haven’t realized you don’t need to carry. That might mean going ahead and doing a thing you’re procrastinating about. It might mean letting yourself off the hook for something you shouldn’t have agreed to do in the first place. Or it might mean recognizing a situation has changed, and what made sense before doesn’t now. Regardless of how you ended up toting that unnecessary weight, you’ll feel better when it’s behind you.

Have a good week, friends.


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    Thanks for sharing this one, Kat. My week might have started better if I’d read this when you first posted, but better late than crazy, I guess. Going to lay some stuff down right now!

    1. Kat

      “Better late than crazy” sounds like a good story title, Mari. 🙂 Good luck laying things down. And sorry you’ve had a tough week.


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