Are you a worker bee?
The need to feel useful
"There is so little I can still do around here so don't you dare take this away from me!"
Pacing vs putteringAll I have heard for the last couple of years is that I need to learn how to pace myself. While it sounds simple enough to do, I have struggled with this concept to the point of indignation! After all, how the heck am I supposed to learn how to pace myself when my baseline keeps changing! Then, I thought about people whose homes are always neat and tidy.
These people didn't wait for a certain day of the week or month to clean. They didn't wait until their house was such a disaster that they had to clean it. They puttered around, picking up things as they went along, wiping things that needed wiping, etc. That was when I realized I could incorporate puttering into my day! Even on my worst days, I can wipe the counter, put something away, dust a couple of tables - I can putter! Yes, I still need to plan bigger activities such as vacuuming or washing the kitchen floor. These will require the use of a timer, and by doing so they can be broken down into smaller puttering pieces.
Then I thought about using this concept for exercising. I can stop and do a few reps on our home gym as I'm heading to the laundry room. I can grab my exercise ball and do a few leg curls before I have my nap. I can do some stretching exercises while I'm waiting for dinner to cook.
Learning to shut off your brain
Q: How could you put your inner worker bee to work through "puttering"?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26