toes in the sand feels just right
One of my favorite things about Bloom and the little community that's evolved here is the potential for experience sharing, idea swapping, wisdom imparting. And today I'd really like to hear your experiences, your ideas and your wisdom on the subject of balance. More specifically, maternal balance. Let me expound...
I hear the warnings about selfishness; I know its gratification is fleeting.
I also understand the futility of "serving from an empty tray," "drawing from an empty well" (choose your metaphor), and I understand the hollowness that comes from complete self sacrifice.
I know that there must be a fertile middle ground between the two extremes (selfishness and self-sacrifice), and sometimes I find myself there, but the maintenance is so tricky.
Personal balance has felt slippery lately.
Is this the universal quest and quandary of every woman, I wonder in quieter moments. And will I ever get it right?
I know there's not a one-size-fits all answer to this question of appropriate balance; needs and circumstances vary from person to person. Still, I would love to hear your thoughts, the principles that guide your efforts to balance your life, the patterns you observed in your mother.
Feel free to weigh in on any or all of the following:
Where do you find yourself on the selfishness - self-sacrifice continuum?
Do you feel guilty for too much self-indulgence? Frazzled from too much self-sacrifice?
What do you do to replenish and nurture yourself?
What are your thoughts on this kind of balance? And how do you achieve/maintain it in your own life?
p.s. thanks for being here. thanks for sharing yourselves with us.
it is the richest part of this whole experience.