UNCLE! A phrase used to indicate that someone has had enough . . . and I have had enough! Or so I think. I have lived 58 years, and there have been times when I feel like I am about to break under the pressure of life. Today is one of those times. I am weary . . . in fact, I am downright exhausted. Sometimes I wonder how I keep putting one foot in front of the other. I want to go home, climb in bed, shut out the world, and catch up on 35 years of too little sleep. If only I dared.
But that is the problem. I don't dare. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I have a belief that the world will fall apart if I stop doing what I do. I know this is irrational . . . the world continues in spite of who stays and who goes . . . and in spite of what I do, or do not do. In fact, it seems a bit vain to believe that I am indispensable! Though I know there are those who would miss me if I were suddenly gone, I also know that life would go on, and everyone would adapt. So why can't I give myself a break?
They say stress is not good. That is saying the obvious in an understated way. Stress wreaks havoc on a person. I am a prime example. My health is deteriorating, my energy is depleted, and my usually sunny disposition is cloudy, with a chance of thunder storms. Right now, the only thing I know, is that storms pass. I have lived through enough of them to know that dark clouds dissipate, and the sun shines through once again. But for now, maybe I should just find a corner to curl up into and allow the rain (tears) to fall. It can be cleansing.
In the poem Yesterday I Cried, by Iyanla Vanzant, a woman sits on her bed and cries for all of the heartaches and regrets of her life. Perhaps tonight I will sit on my bed and do just that. I don't know if I will feel better for having done so, but the persistant Pollyanna inside me is reminding me that I will likely find something to be glad for among my own heartaches and regrets. That the sun will shine again and that, ultimately, nothing can defeat me except my own negative thinking.
And though I may cry UNCLE today, and face other UNCLE days in the future, I do trust that the valleys of my life help me appreciate the peaks that much more. I know from my own experience that storms pass, and the sun shines . . . and that is enough to get me through this UNCLE day!