Hello dear friends.
I just got back from a weekend looking after mother-in-law and aunt-in-law. It wasn’t how I would expect to spend the Valentine’s Day weekend, but actually it was a chance to show love in ways other than romantically. I did mother-in-law’s hair for her. I gave aunt-in-law a manicure. I made them pancakes, something they would never be able to manage themselves. Husband cooked us all a slap-up roast dinner. On Sunday, Husband and I took some time to visit the centre of Oxford, and soak up the beautiful architecture and bookshops.
It was a weekend filled with all kinds of love.
Now I am home, with a week stretching out before me, and the need to take account of my own health and wellbeing. I’m in the middle of a ME/CFS flare-up, which means taking a lot of time to rest and sleep. I couldn’t do that while we were away, just caught enough sleep on the hop to keep going until we got home. Now I’m flaked.
One of the things I find it helpful to do is to set an intention for the week. I usually do it on a Sunday, but circumstances dictated otherwise this week. So this morning I am sitting here in bed, considering what should be my priority for the coming seven days. These are a few of the activities I have in mind:
Some quality time with Husband.
Doing some drawing.
A bunch of pink roses.
When I’m up to it again, cooking some luscious vegan food.
Catching up with some writing I want to do.
Reading a new book, which arrived on Friday – so excited about this one, as I think it could make a real difference to my health and creativity.
Maybe giving myself a pedicure.
Of course there are a dozen other things I would like to do, and hundreds of OUGHTS and SHOULDS which I am ignoring. It’s hardly a ‘To Do’ list. I don’t like Goals, as I’ve said before. I can’t set targets because frequently unexpected health problems prevent me from meeting them, which only leads to despondency. Instead I give myself Intentions.
For me, an Intention is the spirit in which I go about my daily life, the ethos that guides me in choosing what I am going to do next. It is a way of nurturing not only my own wellbeing, but my creativity too.
My intention this week is ‘Rest and Recovery’.
I will do this week whatever needs to be done to look after myself, and to gently feed my soul.
What is your intention this week?