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Thin Strips

To julienne something is to it cut into thin strips, similar to matchsticks.  While contemplating this “word of the day” from my friends in the Ragtag Community it occurred to me that humans repeatedly julienne themselves.

Carving our beings, our hearts, brains and souls into smaller and smaller slivers in order to meet the ever-increasing demands of life.  We have many roles: I’m a sister, a wife, a friend, an artist (working on it), a traveller, a student, a blogger, a pet momma, an organizer, a carer, a gardener, a housekeeper… a wine drinker….the list goes on…and sometimes, something has to give.

I watch people who have the additional roles of parent, sports team member, coach, board member, volunteer… and I wonder how on earth they manage. And don’t forget to add employee and/or employer to the list.

This evening a few of us were going to get together and have a catch-up. It didn’t happen because the right choices were made, choosing to admit that we were tired, had over extended ourselves by making plans and that we’d each be better off having a quiet night.

The next time you feel pulled in all directions, with conflicting priorities, none of them being YOU! think about a carrot…a nice whole beautifully orange carrot slowly being sliced into thin strips, now pretend that is you and make a choice.

And don’t worry, we rescheduled for next Thursday!


7 comments on “Thin Strips

  1. That is so true. I’ve retired now because it was too difficult to look after myself. I’m a Type 1 diabetic. After years of neglect I was a mess. And still, it is difficult to do all the things I need to do to keep healthy. Sooner or later, there is nothing left to cut.

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    1. mydaisydaze says:

      Health is the most important thing to look after and so many of us make choices when we are younger that impact us negatively. I’m sorry to hear you have difficulties and I applaud your decision to put yourself first. Remember we only have so many spoons, even those of us without serious health concerns.
      Take care.

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      1. Thank you. I read the spoon theory with some interest, and yes, it is a very good analogy.

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  2. Great reminder!! Our lives are so julienned into multiple pieces and after a while somethings need to be reassessed.

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    1. mydaisydaze says:

      Thank you. I’m glad you liked the post. The part we all forget is the reassessment of priorities and values. So important for physical, emotional and mental health. Take care.

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  3. Shelly says:

    Beautifully said Margaret. Sometimes it is important to recognize “me time” is a very important slice of life!

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    1. mydaisydaze says:

      Absolutely, thank you for responding and I’m glad you liked the post. Take care.


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