STOP: 1,2,3…


Yesterday was a prime example of how I don’t want to go through the holiday season.  It started at 5:15 in the morning and ended at 11:30 at night with a list at my bedside of what to do as soon as I woke up this morning! In fact, the best part of my day yesterday, was that we did not have to wait at the vet for our doggie check up!  Really, what’s that all about? 

This morning, as I think about yesterday, I have to ask myself, was everything on my “to do” list a top priority? I find that hard to imagine! However, I find that when I’m “in the moment”, it feels like it ALL has to be done–NOW!  What I should have done was simply…1,2,3.

1.  STOP! Instead of screaming–Stop the Madness–I should have just stopped. I should have had a bite to eat (while sitting at the table), taken a shower, had a cup of coffee, a little quiet time simply to gather my thoughts, just for a few moments.

2. B  R  E  A  T  H  E  D   S  L  O  W  L  Y … Wow–what a difference that little exercise makes!  It gives me a chance to get some oxygen to my brain so I can think a little clearer.

3. PRIORITIZED.  Everything is not “do or die!”  And…the person putting the pressure on me was ME!  How crazy! Prioritize, make a list and check it off from most important to least. If the list doesn’t get finished, oh well. Let me also not forget that on that priority list should be a little time for food and exercise-for me. 

After all, if I’m not on my priority list, and I don’t take care of me, how can I take care of other?

Today will be a different day!

Give yourself PERMISSION to make yourself a priority today.  1, 2, 3…Great things are waiting!


About thepermissionlist

Hello, my name is Susan McMullen. I live in Marietta, GA and I am a professional speaker and registered nurse who has not only worked in direct patient care for 26 years, but I have also taken care of both of my parents, all while being married and raising three children. For 8 years, I provided care to my mother until her passing at home, surrounded by family and loved ones. After her death, my family and I moved in with my 70 year old father. For the next 15 years, until July 21, 2009, I orchestrated basic everyday needs along with financial matters, doctor appointments, administering medicines, and eventually made sure that my father’s ultimate wishes concerning life and death were fulfilled. Through the many years of taking care of others, I have become an expert at navigating through the medical maze, overcoming personal guilt and recognizing how important it is, whether in a hospital setting or at home, to take care of oneself if you are going to take care of others. I am on a journey to reclaim my love of life! You are invited to join me! Please share your own care giving stories! Together we'll laugh and cry as we find ourselves woven in the tapestries of each others lives! Together we'll learn to give ourselves PERMISSION to live and love! Great things are waiting! Susan McMullen
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