Self-care is hard!

I had a minor medical procedure recently. Very very very minor, but the aftermath wasn’t what I expected and, in recovery, I cancelled an appointment with a client with only 24-hours notice to her. That was discouragingly hard! Not because of the client – the client was so gracious, so enrichingly compassionate, she’s going to get a gratefully, joyfully-offered hour of my time free (don’t tell her, it’s a surprise) because her response did so much to relieve my guilt. That was the hard part – GUILT. Slinking, ugly, swamping guilt. Didn’t matter that I made a fantastic case to myself that I felt so awful the quality of my service to her would have suffered. Didn’t matter that I knew, no hesitation, that I hadn’t understood the consequences of the procedure, was completely caught by surprise and was giving her as much notice as I could. I’m proud of myself that I didn’t let myself feel shame for cancelling, or, by implication, being “weak” enough that I couldn’t work. That’s an even more devastating burden to put on yourself, one which Brene Brown speaks to in her Sounds True CDs The Power of Vulnerability.


But guilt nonetheless. Wow. I teach other people to take care of themselves, and I still fell into the trap. We’re all human. That’s the point. We are allowed to care about ourselves. Consciously, habitually and carefully. PLEASE.


About Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Virtual Professional Organizer®

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