I've been dealing with some heavy and difficult life events the past couple of months, and I'll be honest, they've blown me off course a bit. I've had some low, angst-ridden days, some days I couldn't see my way through the fog, and some days I've felt like just retreating into self-pity: why am I going through this ??
Life's daily duties continue on...and so must I... but how could I? How could I not? Retreating felt like defeat.
Until, I remembered that retreat had another meaning, one that resonated with healing and inner balance, with insight and reflection, with spirituality and gratitude. I realized that each day has 24 hours, and a moment of retreat need only take... a moment--a walk in the sun, a burst of beautiful music, a cleansing moment in prayer or meditation. It's a matter of changing your perspective.
Why not schedule these small retreats into your day too--as many as you need to survive your particular storms? Share them with a loved one, if that works for you, or experience them yourself, Either way, they are nourishment to your spirit, as important and necessary as the hours you spend tearing it down every day in worry and stress.
Don't let anyone convince you otherwise. After all, how can you be strong for anyone else, if you don't heal yourself along the way?
Survive your storms, nourish your spirit, and continue on...