“The war isn’t over when the fighting stops.”


Winter seems to be retreating, at least temporarily.

The sun is out, and it’s warmed up enough to start melting some of the snow again. I for one am happy about this particular turn of events.

The last three days have been a whirlwind of activity. Covering several events on Remembrance Day, puttering at home on the computer yesterday, town council last night, and e-mails and write-ups today, followed by a road trip for supper and a movie tonight, suffice it to say that life has been busy.

The thing is, it hasn’t been a bad busy. It’s at a maintainable (at least for the moment) level.

I’m finding my motivation to exercise again. The part-time job reporting is making me use my mind, keeping my brain active. Unfortunately, I have had as much time to spend with Lynn because of how busy I have been. On the flip-side, the time we have been spending together has been more quality. I’ve actually been able to more comfortably find time to kick back on the couch with her and get into a show, without my mind running around to everything yet to be done.

Ultimately it all comes back to the concept I discussed yesterday: Self-care.

If I don’t look after myself, no one will look after me. If I don’t look after myself, I have nothing left to give anyone else.

It’s a delicate balance of being able to stay busy, and taking the time out. It’s made even more challenging by the fact that staying busy and productive is an equal component in self-care.

Right now, I’m going to enjoy the pace, maintain it for as long as I can, and take the time out that I need to when I need to. That is the best recipe for success that In have at the moment.

As good as I am, I know how precarious my health can be. The lyrics of a song I heard made me think of everything I have been through in my life. Kristy Lee Cook’s song entitled Airborne Ranger Infantry has the haunting line of “The war isn’t over when the fighting ends.” The reason it made me think is, even never having served in the military, I have served on the frontlines in our communities at home. Those experiences have forever changed me, and there is no going back to where I was before.

I’m mentally stronger than I have been in quite some time. I know I have a long ways to go though. With all my diagnoses that I deal with, no day is ever easy, but for the moment I’m going with the current and enjoying the ride.

Thanks for following along.


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