I’ve decided to take a day off.
In fact, I’m taking a couple of them. I’ve been reminded recently of the importance of self-care.
I wrote in the past about the selflessness of knitters and the concept of “selfish knitting.” I think the same compulsion that leads us to knit endless sweaters, baby blankets and winter hats for our loved ones also leads us to give of ourselves in other ways: we give our time, our love, our energy. But those things don’t come from no-where. To paraphrase Eleanor Brown, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
It hit me the other day how quickly summer has gone by. July came and went. August rushed up behind me and shoved me in the back. For many of us here in Central New York, the New York State Fair is our signal that summer is coming to a close, and I didn’t realize the Fair starts in a few days until a friend was talking about getting a booth set up there. In my former life as a higher ed professional we would count down the days in our weekly orientation meetings to new student move-in. (Three days if you’re counting.)
This year autumn is around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I’m a little shocked by that. If you’re anything like me, in April you had a thousand things you wanted to get done this summer. And if you’re like me, you just realized September is almost here and you got maybe a tenth of them done.