I have no trouble admitting that I love sloths. Most of my friends and family are aware of my strange love affair with the Bradypus mammals and quite honestly, they just don't understand. But I just... can't.... help it! I am magnetically drawn to their seemingly peaceful and satisfied demeanor. I can gaze into that sweet little face all day long. Maybe I just long for that same sense of peacfulness and carefree attitude that the sloths seem to embody.
Which brings me to my topic. I was given a small book called Sloth Wisdom for Christmas this year. This book is full of cute little quotes that you could imagine a sloth living by. One that struck close to home for me is from Maya Angelou:
Each person deserves a day away
in which no problems are confronted.
No solutions searched for.
Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which
will not withdraw from us.
Is it because I am a working mother that this resonates so loudly with me? Because I am always thinking about the next dentist appointment, tonight's nutricious dinner, whether I can make it to school before my little one gets shuttled off to aftercare or the next birthday present for... which classmate was that again?
Honestly, everyone needs to take care of themselves. We all know that, but many of us, especially busy moms, have a hard time giving ourselves permission to take this much-needed time. So take this advice: it is not a crime to tell the kids to entertain themselves for a few hours. Who cares if the laundry sits for another day in the laundry basket (that is what the steam setting is for, right?). Your significant other can take care of the kids/household/pets/grocery shopping while you escape, even if that means going out into the back yard with your headphones and a good book.
If you still can't get past the mom guilt, it's time to get together, because you need to figure out how to honor yourself as well as your family. And it's okay to do so.