Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
- Audre Lorde
If you don't have the right combination of momentum and balance, you can't get anywhere. Momentum has never been my problem, it's always about maintaining balance.
My momentum is usually up and through and over and forward, and if I'm not careful I will spend all of my energy on that movement and neglect to balance my need to sleep and eat and snorgle with my kitties.
Give me one project, and I will laser-eye focus and get it done. I get high from the satisfaction of a job well done! I get an endorphin rush when I check something off of my list. But give me 20 projects and I will spin in circles, wasting energy and bonking before I finish even the easiest task.
And sometimes the momentum is negative.
The other day I was stressed out, low on sleep, and grumpy. I won't list off all of the First World problems that were making my day a bummer, but we'll just say I was cruising in a downward spiral and needed a momentum-check.
I went to Heart of the Beast Theatre to paint some props for the May Day Parade and Festival, because I believe in the awesome mystical healing power of art. It did the trick! Picking up that yogurt container of paint and slopping it onto the cardboard bus that we papier-mâche'd the day before restored my balance and righted my momentum. I used the time in between coats to consider how momentum and balance don't have to fight each other, but should be complimentary.