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PookieHello!  Welcome to my first blog post of 2016 which I am writing in my pyjamas.  Yay – I’m having a pyjama day.  Blue striped PJs and a wool cashmere poncho.  I am joined by my sleepy feline friend Pookie who is sporting a brown and beige fur onesie.  It has been raining all day – drip, drip, drip – bar a sweet half hour of sunshine when Running Boy took off on his bike up to the top of Montpezat de Quercy hill.  I still haven’t attempted that on a bike.

Some days you just wake up and know that it’s going to be a pyjama day.  This is why working from home is a good option for me.  Today has been great.  I’ve had extra time to sleep, time to read, and time to get absorbed in my latest online course.  I’ve just joined up for “The Inside Story” with Susannah Conway and am so happy I did.  I thought about it for a while and kept hopping over to the site but never managed to sign up.  Two days ago I finally did.

Obviously I have the guilt.  The “What?  You’ve spent all day in bed?  Still not dressed?” guilt.  But I am learning to stick two fingers up at the guilt.  Yes!  I have been lounging around all day in my PJs, mostly in bed, now on the sofa in front of the fire with a pot of herbal tea, and do you know what?  It feels great!

Actually, one thing I have realised since I was ill a couple of months ago, is that when I don’t feel up to it, I need to say no and retreat.  Being unwell has been a powerful lesson in respecting my levels of energy, in respecting what I can and can’t do, what I can and can’t eat and what I can and can’t digest both physically and emotionally.  In some ways I think I’m still recovering and I know if I want to get better without surgery then it’s a gradual process.  Learning to be kind to myself along the way is another powerful lesson.

So today has been a day of kindness, self-respect and laid back meanderings of the mind and soul.  I could do with more days like it.

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6 Comments

Philip Ogley · January 14, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Nothing is as debilitating as guilt. The one emotion human beings find it so hard to eliminate. Stay in bed, get drunk on your emotions, immerse the soul. Freedom to choose.

    elizabeth · January 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Well, I wasn’t planning on getting drunk but why not?

aussiebirder · January 14, 2016 at 11:47 pm

Well done, and well said Liz! We need not do anything out of guilt, but to be thankful and enjoy the privilege of being mindful of what we have and where we are in our stage of life. Resting and just being is as important as doing, if not more, for it is in these moments we assess and reassess our life and self and commune with God. The expectations of ourselves and others often drive us and we miss the beauty and peace of the moment. A pyjama day by all means, savour the rest and enjoy the peace:-)

    elizabeth · January 15, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I like that – “resting and just being is as important as doing” – thanks for leaving a comment. I will continue to savour the rest and enjoy the peace 🙂

Jewels · January 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm

I love pajama days <3

    elizabeth · January 15, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    🙂

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