Ok, so my clue for today is all about PASTA! Yes, we all love noodles, right? At least that is what some of my children think. My youngest daughter is the “noodle princess” and loves anything noodlish! Yes, I love pasta too; however, I don’t care for days that I FEEL like pasta. Do you ever have days or even weeks when you feel about as useful as a wet noodle? I heard someone talk about the uselessness of a wet noodle as a restraint or rope and how it doesn’t have any strength at all. Ever since then, when I have days that I feel completely drained and useless, I call them “Wet Noodle Days”. On those days, it feels like it is just impossible to get anything done, and that no matter how hard I try, I would have been better off staying in bed that morning because I am just a flop at everything! Those are the days that I can’t seem to focus on anything but instead, flip this way and then that way just like a wet noodle and just can’t seem to do ANYTHING! Do you ever feel like that? I hope so because then it means we are both normal!
So my thought that I would like to share is how to get over or past the “Wet Noodle Days” because we all have them. I feel like I have been having them a week at a time sometimes. Anyway, so what should you do on a “Wet Noodle Day”? My first thought is to give yourself time to “dry out” and get your strength back. Give yourself permission to just stretch yourself out on a couch or other piece of furniture and soak up some of the sunshine that is already in your life and just do nothing. Ok, I understand that even in doing that, the mind of a mother is going a million miles a minute thinking of all the things that need to be done so give yourself permission to just BE THERE for a bit.
Life has a way of soaking us every once in a while and we get drenched so you really need to just take some time to drip dry. That might even mean that you really drip and let yourself cry for a bit. Take some time to refresh. It may be a good time to look at your goals and plans and change them to be more realistic. It may be a good time to try to not think about anything at all because you know that tomorrow you will get back on the horse and start chipping away at them again. Turn your list-in-your-head into things that you are grateful for or that have already been accomplished. Take a nap with your kids. Read them your favorite stories. Watch an old Disney movie. Just give in and get wet some more and take them swimming. Let the kids decide what to do for the day and just follow their lead. Enjoy the day as if you didn’t have a care in the world.
Life is too short to give in and feel bad about “Wet Noodle Days” because they will always be there. Turn them around and make them “Pasta Parties” when you just enjoy the moment with your kids and worry about the rest tomorrow. Yea, yea, I know, whenever you give in and really enjoy your pasta, you pay for it later. So yes, your to-do list will still be there tomorrow and you might have less time to get things done in and somethings might never get done but at least you will have great memories of the day with your family and you will have taken the time to dry out a bit so you have more strength to tackle life the next day.
So the next time, you feel just too drained and floppy, give yourself permission to call it a “Wet Noodle Day” and throw yourself a “Pasta Party” and ENJOY!
I just had another thought on this. Remember how some pasta has surprises inside the noodle? Well, I bet that “Wet Noodle Days” and “Pasta Parties” will also have some surprises inside. Not only will you get your strength back but you might also find something else that may not have been on a to-do list but might be worth a lot more in the end.
Ok, I am hungry now. I am hunkering for a big plate of chicken alfredo. I might have to settle for a dish of Ramen noodles but at least it will keep my daughter happy!
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