Too much of a good thing

Too much of a good thing

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One thing I try to live by is a quote from Erich Kästner “Nothing good happens unless you do it”. If I can, I like to help. But when I promised a friend to walk her dog while she recovered from a minor surgery on her toe, I had bitten off more than I could chew – and it was just a week.

One aspect was the time I spent driving between our homes and walking the dog. But  being responsible for a pet I don’t really know was the hardest thing for me. I shouldn’t have worried, our friend’s dog is a wonderful granny (about the same age as our Janet) and much more easier to handle as our Sam for example. When walking her I always felt tense and wasn’t able to enjoy it. The dog on the other side had fun and was absolutely relaxed. Everything went well, but I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself if something had happened.

At the same time my husband was on holiday, we had to do work in the garden and put away the wood for the winter. I wanted to please and help everybody and put myself last. This happens often to me. Panic attacs started to bother me, and after the week I just felt tired and like a failure, because I thought everybody but me can handle such a situation without breaking a sweat.

Luckily this stressful time was too short to cause real damage. I recover slowly. But I should really take this seriously and learn to take better care of myself. I still fall into traps I could avoid. That made me think. But this time I got off easy.

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11 thoughts on “Too much of a good thing

  1. I’m glad this turned out better for you than it could have. Many often take care of themselves last. At least you know you don’t often and that’s a good thing.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Viola. ♥

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  2. So good you noticed it, Viola, it’s good to take care of another, but first you have to take care of yourself and every time it’s getting easier, you’ll see😸Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead🐾😽💞

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  3. What you can handle without breaking a sweat and what other people can handle are different, and that’s okay. Everyone has a hard, so never think that everyone else does well at all of it, they don’t.

    Also, you did realize and now you grow and don’t promise too much again.

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  4. It’s easy to take on more than one can handle, especially if the ‘task’ is one one usually enjoys, as you do liking dogs. I have been there myself and I too need a lot of time to recover after such (unintended) strains. But eventually you made it, so you have gotten an idea of how much you can take before your spoons get rare. (I assume you know about the spoon theory.)

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    1. I got very familiar with the spoon theory over the years 😃.
      Sometimes I am still in denial and don’t want to admit my energy is quickly used up. Maybe it finally sunk in now.

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