Once upon a time........there was a very busy mother of 4.
Just the same as any other mother in the world, she put herself last on the list for looking after herself. She would happily tend to her four gorgeous children and neglect her own needs and wants.
So one not so fine day she began to feel quite tired and unwell. She couldn't quite put her finger on it but she felt as though she was getting sick. Low and behold a few days later she found herself extremely ill and spent the next three weeks in bed with raging fevers, aching bones and horrid headaches.
She was unable to cook, clean or drive her babies to school and back.
The mother was frustrated beyond belief that she could not be the one to do all of these chores for her family. Instead she found those closest to her cooking home baked meals for her family, driving her children to school and medicine runs to pick up the newest dose of medicine that hopefully would see her well again.
Her loving husband took on the job of both Mummy and Daddy and washed and cleaned the family home and as exhausted as he was ,he did so with a smile and his ever so peaceful demeanour. This Mother was perhaps the luckiest Mother on the earth.
The time spent in bed was mostly sleep and rest. Not something that the Mother was usually good at. It was as though the angels had spoken to God and told him that the Mother needed a holiday from her life. A time to heal and regain her thoughts and to find her soul again. It's funny the way the angels work really. Sometimes they speak softly in your ear to slow down. Then, if you don't listen, they speak a little louder. Then....if you continue to ignore, they will ever - so softly knock you off your feet.
The Mother was well and truly knocked off her feet.
BUT.....at the same time some serious thinking time had arrived. Between sleep she lay there thinking about the fact that perhaps she cared just a little too much for others. Not generally something that is such a bad thing BUT in her case it had taken ALL of her energy.
It seemed as though it was TIME TO LOOK AFTER HERSELF.
SO.......when the Mother was well again, she slowly came out of her little shell. She began to surface very slowly. She began to say NO to people. She had made a pact with herself that it was she that would come first from now on. Obviously her children and husband were still up at the very top of her tree, BUT...she was the star that sat on the top of that tree. She was the sparkle in that star. She made a pact to find that sparkle again.
LESSON LEARNED, THANKS VERY MUCH ANGELS.......
So the Mother set aside a whole entire week ( Well almost a week.....yes of course there was one day when she just HAD to help someone....old habits die hard !).
The rest of the week was spent doing beautiful things just for herself.
SHE DROVE HER CHILDREN TO SCHOOL
SHE COOKED HER FAMILY MEALS
SHE GOT A NEW HAIR DO
SHE HAD A MANICURE AND A GLORIOUS FACIAL
SHE HAD COFFEE WITH HER FRIENDS
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY SHE LIVED !
She LIVED with vigour and excitement and a positive attitude. She was grateful for the sun, the clouds, the birds and her guardian angels.
They had saved her soul and forced her to see her own life again.
Funnily enough, as the Mother's week was drawing near a close. She found herself to be floating on a cloud. She realised that she was breathing again. She smiled freely and laughed happily.
Problems seemed not as bad as she had once thought.
Doors were opening in the most unexpected places. Offers of work in her creative field were arriving thick and fast. She had questioned so much about her life and had placed so much emphasis on so many things. NOW she was floating happily along in the breeze and new offerings were being scattered her way. Perhaps these offerings had been floating along in the breeze for quite some time but she had not seen them.
In a nutshell this lovely woman had found and embraced her life again. It turns out that the period of illness had sent her abundance in love, friendship and life. The people who cared about her had all been there with a smile and their hands outstretched. They had shown the Mother what any soul on the earth treasures....and that my friends is LOVE.
LOVE.........the thing that makes the world turn around.
AND SO IT TURNS