When I lost my husband so suddenly, I just kept going. That was what I thought I was supposed to do, so just like the bunny in that battery ad, I shifted into high gear and I didn’t stop.
Of course, doing that didn’t give me the time I needed to process what had happened. Neither did it allow me to take care of my body properly, and my body was really asking for help. All the unresolved stress I was feeling was impacting my body in serious ways.
Then one day, when I was about at the point of collapse, I had to choose between going home and going to bed or staying for a program I really wanted to hear. The fellow who was giving the program happened to be a doctor. I’ll never forget what Ted said when I told him of my dilemma: “For heaven’s sake, listen to your body! The body never lies!”
What a gift that was! I felt as though I’d just been given permission to take care of myself. What Ted told me not only has stayed with me through the years, my body’s signals have become a sort of inner wisdom that I try my best to honor.
As I see it, the body’s signals are a lot like the rudder on a ship. The body always knows what it needs, and it will tell us if we will just pay attention. I’ll be the first to admit it isn’t always easy to not do something you’d like to do “just” because the body is saying “no,” but why undermine your health when it can be so easy to support it by simply honoring what your body is saying?
Oh yes, I’ve missed out on some things I really would have liked to have done, but I have never been sorry that I listened.