You are a jug. The water inside your jug represents your energy, karma, whatever you want to call it- it’s basically that stuff that keeps you going. It’s the stuff that allows you to put one foot in front of the other and carry on with your day.
But what if the jug runs dry? Chances are it will. As parents, our jugs are constantly being drained by daily activities of keeping up with the kids, work and that’s before any household chores. You’ve probably heard the saying ‘running on empty’, a term used to describe exhausting one of all’s resources, where you’re left feeling, well, just that- empty and exhausted.
Here’s the important bit. You can replace the water inside your jug. You don’t have to trek miles and miles to get more of the stuff. Of course, I’m talking metaphors but frankly, your water can be replaced by simply turning a tap on and sticking your jug under it. You just have to take the time to do it.
You also have to find out what gives you that little bit of water back, what turns your tap on? It could be making a hot drink and drinking it whilst it’s actually still hot! It could be getting some fresh air, either in the garden or on a walk. Perhaps putting on a pair of socks because your feet have been freezing cold or morning or sticking on your favourite song whilst cooking dinner, it’s the stuff that makes you feel a little bit human again.
It’s these little things, the things that are personal to you that can make one heck of a difference to your day. It’s looking after yourself which ultimately means we can look after the ones we love without burning ourselves to the ground.
So make a list of all the things that make you happy, things that will make your jug that little bit less empty. So that when you know your jug is running low- and you’ll know- you can refer back to your list, turn that tap on and fill your jug back up.