It’s good to set goals, to strive, to push yourself. Sometimes it’s good to go an extra 10 reps, to walk an extra block, or to complete a painting a day.
But sometimes life pushes back and you need to take a break. Having two surgeries in one year takes it’s toll on a body. The recovery of surgery on my left shoulder, my dominant hand, is going a little rougher than the right shoulder did.
I was feeling bad that things weren’t getting done. But this isn’t a time to beat myself up; this is the time to take care of myself. So if the floor doesn’t get swept, and a painting doesn’t get finished every day, I’m going to cut myself some slack—let it go.
I found I can do other things, like at 3 A.M. when I can’t sleep because of the pain I listen to interviews of artists on my iPhone, Podcasts at the Savvy Painter (http://savvypainter.com/series/artists/). Or, since iPhone has voice recording, I can record my blog so I don’t have to type this all with one finger.
So as everyone might start gearing up for the upcoming holidays I may take a nap and as The Beatles would say, “Let it be”.
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Absolutely! I have a chronic neuropathic pain problem. When it’s bad I have to let things go too adn find more creative wasy to use teh time I do have. It’s hard because I was brought up to get my work done before I rest but when the pain is bad I can’t. Good for you – taking the wiser path. I hope your shoulder heals soon. Lovely picture!
Thank you jofox. I am going for longer periods of time without pain. I haven’t gotten my fine motor skills back yet tho and that is a surprise. I feel for you with your chronic neuropathic pain. That would be hard to live with. So cut yourself some slack as well. Do something good for yourself. Meditation helps me. I want to feel better so I reach for a better thought. The rest? Let it be.
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Sounds like a good technique. Thank-you. 🙂