|Making wreaths with friends the day after we got back.|
As the year ends, and we look back at the joys, achievements and disappointments of the past twelve months, it's worth taking some time to recognise what our efforts have demanded of us and where our resources have been depleted.
Whether you have spent 2015 bringing some long-cherished project to fruition or simply trying to keep your head above water, it's likely that this has come at some cost to you.
How can you replenish your (physical, mental, spiritual and/or emotional) resources? What do you need most of all at this moment?
A full day in bed ... oh please ...
Surrounded by some of the books I haven't had time to read .... Nothing serious or intellectual ... something quite trashy would do nicely thank you :) And perhaps a bar of chocolate :)
And then someone to bring me at least breakfast in bed - Tom's great at doing that to be fair ... But lunch and dinner would be great too .... ok, maybe that's too much to ask for. lol
I find it very hard coming back to ground after touring or after working on a big project. Moving from town to town along busy motorways can be ... is ... exhausting. The concert always revitalises, but then you arrive home and collapse. This year more than others I was straight into other projects after two days home, which helped with grounding. But they're slowing down now too and I'm finding it hard to just be .... with no excitement, no deadlines. Just commitments. So I'm thinking that what I need right now is this writing reflection. It's very stabilising, and very worthwhile. Looking back over old photographs from the year, paying attention to what I've achieved - a new CD, two choirs great students, well put together tours ...and settling in to the rhythm of winter and the festive season.
In another couple of months, when the days start to stretch and it's time to start moving again, I'll be so relaxed that I won't want to go anywhere, but right now -it's off to bed.
How do you replenish your energy? I'd love to hear.