The Gift of Weary
I was driving to work on one of those overcast mornings. The sky and my energy were cloudy. The meetings and tasks of my day started ticking through my mind. I felt weary and I was hardly out of bed.
Weariness is a mystery. It strikes everyone who has regular routines of work, child or grandchild care, yard or house work. Most of us don’t talk about it. We conquer it. We pull up our boot straps and power through it. And there’s a place for that.
However, if we are always powering through it we are missing the gift of weary.
Weariness is like that little plastic indicator that pops up to signal that the turkey is fully baked. Weariness is a signal that WE are fully baked, that we are over-spent.
At its best, weariness invites us to wonder. To turn our reflection inward and to ask the powerful question: “How am I doing? . . . .” “No, how am I really doing!?”
Weariness invites us to wonder deeply, and, if we do so with kindness and care toward ourselves (a crucial component!), it is transformed into a self-care gift. To wonder about our on-going patterns of weariness is to invite wisdom that can be life-changing.
So, the next time you are weary, may something wonder-full meet you there.