‘Listen to your body!’
I have heard those words directed at me before and I have even quoted that very same phrase to others.
So why do I find it so difficult to live by them?
Yesterday I was living through a fog, this fog was not of the outdoor variety but the kind that confines itself inside my head. It was not the first time, so I know what I should do – GIVE IN for a couple of hours and sleep! Instead I always struggle on with the task in hand….. not a good choice of word there girl! 🙁
It was almost lunchtime and the house was dusted, polished and vacuumed. The shower and the bathroom sparkled, the washing was complete and the kitchen counter cleared and the floor washed and clean enough to eat your lunch off.
The head had not cleared so I decided to make a Cafetiere of coffee and a sandwich for my lunch and go put the feet up for an hour. I boiled the kettle as I made my sanger, it was sufficiently off the boil when I added it to the ground coffee in the Cafetiere. I had forgotten the long handled spoon to stir the mix and in turning, I caught the Cafetiere in some way…. Yes, you guessed! I put out my left hand to stop the fall but the liquid went all over my hand and actually scalded me from knuckles to fingertips!
So it was a hands and knees job to clean up one cup of hot half brewed coffee… it went everywhere! The counter, the cooker the washer and right across the floor. My jumper, trousers, socks and shoes were not left out of the brown shower! Once I had washed the floor and put my clothes in to wash I sat one handed to have my lunch with the wounded one steeping in ice cold water.
It was a timely reminder of how dangerous hot liquids are, especially when young children are about. I did eventually give in, and went to bed for the afternoon. I slept on and off until 8am today.
Thankfully the fog has cleared and although tender, there is no real damage done to my hand.
Next time I WILL LISTEN!