Peek inside my medicine chest

September 18th, 2009

It’s the time to reach for a tonic.

For fatigue: Be tired.
For impatience: Be still.
For inflammation: Chill.
For despair: Empty completely.
For fear of getting nothing done: Get nothing done.
For having no time: Take time.
For lack of love: Love.
For disappointment: Dance.
For inadequacy: Give.
For no reason: Be unreasonable.
For others, pray.

For these and all other symptoms, exhale.

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  1. This is a timely post. I'm going to take a huge dose of Taking Time.

    Comment by Nova Bradfield — September 18, 2009 @ 3:13 am

  2. this is beautiful!! I am going to share on my site too, crediting you of course : )

    Comment by shinyyoga — September 18, 2009 @ 6:44 am

  3. Just what I needed to read. Thank you.Today I've given myself (and my daughter) a 'mental health' day. This post convinces me I've done the right thing.

    Comment by Jo — September 18, 2009 @ 8:16 am

  4. With kids home from school sick most of this week and my getting nothing done and now being sick too, this is a good prescription. Now if I can just remember to take the medicine!

    Comment by J — September 18, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

  5. For lack of love: love. Why is that so hard, at least when it comes to relationships with men named Ned?

    Thanks for this. Just what the doctor ordered. And I can increase my dosage any time I want.

    Comment by jena strong — September 18, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

  6. Still carrying on with Ned? I understand.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — September 18, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  7. Please, remember to stretch before dancing. Lesson I learned yesterday.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 18, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

  8. I'll take two and call you in the morning. Thanks for this needed-to-hear post in a going-in-circles kind of week.

    Comment by C. — September 18, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

  9. you always know what to say. just when i was feeling guilty about taking a 'day off cuz i'm tired' to just watch movies and leave the dishes in the sink.

    Comment by latisha — September 18, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

  10. Yes!

    Comment by Judy Merrill-Smith — September 18, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

  11. The last line: Exhale.

    That is the best.

    Comment by Cat — September 18, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

  12. True, Cat. It does away with it all.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — September 18, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

  13. I'm exhaling … lol. Thanks 🙂

    Comment by Erin — September 19, 2009 @ 12:06 am

  14. wonderful!! thank you 🙂

    Comment by mama p — September 19, 2009 @ 3:15 am

  15. also a new moon. feeling contentedly quiet, receptive, reflective. thank you for this post!

    Comment by Terri — September 19, 2009 @ 3:48 am

  16. All really useful and wise. Thank you!

    Comment by — September 19, 2009 @ 4:17 am

  17. Yes. Thank you for this. If only all cures were this simple. May I share it with my readers on my blog? Crediting you of course.

    Comment by Nancy — September 19, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

  18. Yes, of course, Nancy. You never need to ask and a link alone is credit enough.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — September 19, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

  19. I am so very grateful for this. This truly warmed my heart the morning after you wrote it. I'm still re-reading it and posted it on my fridge. I really needed this during the past hectic week with the first true sickness of my favorite tiny little man.

    Comment by happynik — September 21, 2009 @ 1:22 am

  20. Great!

    Comment by Mo — September 21, 2009 @ 4:34 am

  21. I walked on the beach today instead of trying to write what would not yet be written. I walked and made friends with the Oyster Catchers, the waves and my own shadow. I walked and thought of you and the way you choose only the words that are needed to say only what is worth saying. I walked and was reminded why I write and why I sit.

    Comment by Marianne — September 21, 2009 @ 10:50 am

  22. Thank you Marianne, that is very meaningful to me. Walking is the best way to write. It puts everything in motion.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — September 21, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

  23. Your newsletter is hitting me right where it counts today … but in a good way. Been sitting here at the computer feeling embattled and exhausted and completely nob-productive. After reading your sage advice, I'm prescribing myself a nap before my daughter comes home so that I can start fresh this evening.
    Thanks. I needed that! 🙂

    Comment by Jamie Lee — September 22, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  24. I shared this with my little family at dinner. Yes we actually sat down for dinner. How funny when I got to the part "my husband, my kid, my dog". Thats exactly the order they were sitting in, and when I looked at the three of them, I realized I am the luckiest person in the world. Our happiness lives in the space that our arms can reach. I remember this Karen, from the first time I met you. I carry so many of your wisdoms with me. Such as BREATHE. Breath is life. Thank you.

    Comment by Francie Kelley — September 24, 2009 @ 3:24 am

  25. Having been sick for the past two weeks I needed to read this post. I was feeling overwhelmed at all that hadn't happened while laid up in bed. I exhaled and realised all was well exactly how it was, my home, my family, even me. Thanks.

    Comment by Donna — September 27, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

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