Normally the kids are like me, strong like ox, but a nasty bug has been making its way around the community and they are stricken like chicken. They are on the mend but it’s been almost a week of being completely off our schedule and normal daily rhythm. Like, not even getting outside. Kale’s looking a little grey around the edges but his cough is unsettling so inside it is for a couple more days.
Though it’s weird to see my normally screen free kids veg out in front of with that glazed ‘sicky’ stare, I decided to surrender to the novelty of it; letting them do nothing at all other than quiet activities and naps while I dove into my projects in my studio while stopping every few moments to warm up soup, make more tea, and assist with many, many tea pees.
I have to admit I fought it at first and was grumpy, a little anxious even and concerned about the effect of not doing anything would have on the kids. But then I heard the sultry voice of Danielle Laporte say how life balance is a myth. The essences of life is fluid so it’s only natural that shifts in what needs to be tended to unabashedly will morph constantly. The best thing to do is to see these as opportunities for growth and to reassess what is important and needed in the family right now.
I made sure the kids were lubed up with lots of liquids and did implement the bare essential rhythms; mealtimes and bedtimes and our Smokey Sunday pancakes. Also on Sunday we were to attend an advent spiral walk but we made our own in the living room instead. The kids were feeling well enough to walk into the dizzying spiral of evergreen boughs to light a candle in the center with their apple candle and come back out without falling over onto open flames which I’m so grateful for. Edie automatically starts slipping in spiral walk drawings into her sketching repertoire shortly after her birthday. This appears to be quite a powerful pause in her internal rhythm so I thought it important we acknowledge this one way or another. It turned out beautiful and brought a reverence to the house that was both healing and comforting for us all.
I surrendered to life that happens, was reminded of the balance myth (which was a cataylst for reviewing some major life decisions), and saw an opportunity to tend to my own needs at a pivotal time in my career (I’m gearing up for my first Simplicity Parent Workshop this weekend!) while the childrens’ growing bodies took on the necessary challenge to strengthen. All this supplemented with echineachea, many layers and cuddle time on the coach of course! And speaking of sick, aren't these my new business cards from Moo of mine that? I'm handing these out at my workshop this weekend. My beautiful friend Shauna is my designer guru and came up with these. There are many different images from my blog over the years in front of them. Awesome idea Shauna. You're a gorgeous genius :)
Do you want to share your bare minimum rhythm you adhere to even in times of crisis, transistion or upheaval? Perhaps a little ritual? Please share in the comments if you feel inspired.