We have to learn to be kind to ourselves. What we’re doing isn’t easy. . . . and so, when the day turns against us, we might do well to follow the advice of the Buddhist writer Sylvia Boorstein, who talks to herself as if she’s a child she loves very much. Sweetheart, she’ll say. Darling. Honey. That’s all right. There, there. Go take a walk. Take a bath. Take a drive. Bake a cake. Nap a little. You’ll try again tomorrow.
from Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
So I’m taking Shapiro and Boorstein’s advice. . . I’m talking to myself like a child I love – today, I’m imagining my friend’s adorable daughter Noemi – “It’s okay, Andi. Rest. Take a nap. Work will be there tomorrow. Rest out Fat Tuesday. Resume on Ash Wednesday, when you will dive deep into the dark and revel.”
What do you say to yourself when you need a day to rest and recover?