Gauging My Life

Ever since the end of the Challenge and the end of the Half Marathon I’ve been really tired and feeling kinda lackluster.

It happens.  Letdowns happen.

Brian Johnson of Philosopher’s Notes, quoting one of his favorite  authors, says, “When our car runs low on gas, we don’t blame the gauge, we simply pull into a gas station and fill it up.”

So I’ve been thinking in terms of gauges a lot lately.

My “Sleep Gauge” is definitely tending a little more toward “E” than I would like, and so is  my “Intellectual Stim” gauge.

My  “Food Quantity Gauge,” has been floating right in the middle between “E” and “F,”  and my “Food Quality Gauge” considerably toward the “Quality” end, and away from the “Crap” indicator. And that makes me happy.

So I am going to make a valiant effort to get more sleep, and read more and find other things that will  spark my creativity and my brain in the next few days.

Reading more will help, I know.  And talking to people who have absorbing projects that they are totally invested in, will help too.

And getting off this computer right now and getting myself to bed will not give me enough sleep (that train left an hour ago), but hopefully I will at least stem the bleeding.

I am also going to really try to post earlier in the day from now on because I am a dim bulb at this point in the night (10:30), and much happier and crreative then.

So goodnight all, see you in the morning!

4 thoughts on “Gauging My Life

  1. Well, Kathleen, it’s just a matter of time until you return to your normal self. You’ve been following such an exhausting schedule, me thinks, that now you need a little down time.

    Please consider giving yourself the TLC treatment: you know you deserve it. Here are a few suggestions from yours truly to help you feel much better. Try it, maybe?

    Early morning stroll. Ah, the fresh air.

    Steamed vegetables. Great for health.

    Drink plenty of water. Flush it out.

    Juice like crazy and drink it up. Power to you.

    Get a massage. Good for aches and pains, sores.

    Warm shower (steam it). Your heavenly abode.

    Swimming. Your body will thank you for it.

    Take a friend and have a nice meal together.

    Socialize. Vegetate and watch your favorite soap.

    Above all: relax, relax, relax. Just take it easy.
    It seems like you’ve been pushing yourself and working too hard. Hope this helps. And cheers!


  2. You’re just composting, Kath.

    “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~Etty Hillesum

    “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” ~Ovid

    PS … Thanks for the life-analogy about the gauges! … Wow, smart keys, gauges … rev rev rev! (oh, but, back to embracing the slow motion: um, just let your engine idle for awhile … idling is gooooooooood!)


  3. If you were feeling tired this morning it surely did not show! Again I feel great after starting my day with an a.m. yoga session with you. It’s the perfect way to start the day.

    Now that I’m settled up here I have two new projects on my plate that might interest you.

    The first is a list of the 100 “greatest” books of all time. Someone complied 7 different “top 100” lists and ranked them by the amount of lists they appeared on. When I found the list I had only read 12 of the 100 – and most of them were in school or several years ago. I decided to start over and read them all and keep a journal to see which ones I like and which ones I don’t. I promised myself no time limit and I can read them in any order. I can also read other books not on this list in between if I need break. The only rule is I have to finish a book once I start it. This may take years but I’m almost done with “Jane Eyre” which was my first choice. I can share the list with you if you’re interested.

    The second is to start painting again. I did it for years when I was younger and totally gave it up during college and law school. Maybe it’s because I’m up here and things are calmer or because there are more inspiring things to paint. Either way I’m not very good but I enjoy messing around with it so I decided to try it again.

    I agree with the other posts – do something to relax and savor your accomplishments for a little and a new idea will follow.


  4. Kath,

    Think of it more as the corpse pose at the end of our yoga session. You did a lot, leading us in the Yoga Challenge last month, and your body needs time to reboot.

    Anyway, thanks, thanks, and thanks again. April was great. I made it all 30 days (some at home, some with you at the studio), and so far, fingers crossed, every day this month. While my body loves it, my heart absolutely feels full, strong, and open.

    So go hang in corpse pose, metaphorically, for a bit. You deserve it. 🙂


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