Saturday, January 12, 2013
Years ago, we bought a country store. My husband and I were very busy raising and homeschooling our five children. The children and I were also active in home related industry, like sewing and writing professionally. Our children worked with us at whatever we were doing and we all thrived.
As time went on, and children started to grow up and move on to college,we were losing our helpers. . . the work was too much. The family businesses were falling heavily on the parents. We couldn't stop it, or get out fast enough. Burnout was inevitable. It weakened me, both physically and emotionally. I took years to "recover."
At times I thought I had gotten better - stronger. But I am still frail. I am still weary. When I start to feel better and energetic and motivated to do some such thing or other, and I begin, I have to stop myself before I "crash" from the wounds of burnout that will never go away.
I did far too much for too long and I will never recover.
I didn't see the warning. There wasn't one. There was only excitement and possibilities in the adventures. And while I most certainly enjoyed our adventures, I will never be the same.
Sometimes, if you do too much, you might get to a point where the harm it causes you will never heal.
"If you don't have time to pray and read Scriptures, you are busier than God ever intended you to be." - (From Godly Woman Daily)
[Edited update - After receiving many comments (that I did not publish) and emails, I need to clarify something. This post has a message. It is explaining that in this society we mothers take on far too much. This will cause us damage. It is a warning. Nothing more. It is not about me, necessarily, even though I use some of my own experience in the post. It is not about a person's health. It is not about my health. It is about taking on too much, which is a modern plague. Please heed the warning if it is meant for you. Otherwise, no worries!]
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