Today I spoke briefly with a naturopathic doctor. I’m working on their marketing materials and we were discussing revisions over the phone. She mentioned wanting to translate some collateral into French and we both agreed that it would help broaden her reach to French speaking Canadians. I let her know I’d need her help of course because my French is not so good. She laughed and mentioned that my name is French and it means “loved.” I told her that nobody pronounces my name the “right” way though and she told me something about energy.
She said calling someone by their given name is better for their energy and, conversely, calling them another name (i.e. Bob instead of Robert), or mispronouncing their name, interferes with their energy. Interesting, aye? She promised from now on to always call me Aimée (in French). I have no idea how this all works, but wasn’t that sweet of her to say?
I’ll take all the help I can get, honestly.
My energy – since visiting the ER so many times in 2 weeks and my little beagle’s own health issues – has been, for lack of a better word, waning. I spent the two weeks before the cat fight with insomnia and now it feels like I can’t make it through an email without nodding off a little. To be sure, I’m exhausted by the imbalance of my life. I remind myself that however out of place I feel, I’m really not much different than anyone else. Our lives are not meant to be always simple, or predictable…our lives are meant to be a source of love, of learning lessons and finding a way to make things better. If you’re feeling alone, at least know that we’re all going through this process together.
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3 responses to “you are loved”
Hi Aimee. I also work with a naturopathic doctor who’s been practicing for 25+ years. Throughout my time with her, I’ve learned so much, but one of the lessons that’s helped me the most is learning how to take time for myself when I’m exhausted. Taking time for myself has made me feel guilty, shameful, lazy, etc. in the past and sometimes still does. But one thing my boss (she hates that term, but for the sake of explaining…) has taught me is that we can only give as much as we’ve given to ourselves. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, too, but it’s another thing to apply it. It’s taken me some time to learn how to apply it, and I’m still learning. But I just went through a period of exhaustion too after trying to work while accompanying my best friend on a cross country trip (she was moving coasts for nursing school), and I thought I could keep going when I got home. Turns out, I could barely stay awake through an e-mail either. I was so afraid to admit my exhaustion to my boss- but once I did I she let me know that taking care of my body was the #1 priority. I know that not everyone has that privilege, and I am so grateful that I work for someone so understanding. But it sounds like you may have that too. And if not, you can always rest on the weekends. I found that just spending time outside and taking some relaxing baths with epsom salt and my favorite essential oils helped a lot. I’m sorry this post is so long- I just really related to your situation. Sending positive, healing energy your way!
Wow, thank you Lexee for letting me know you can relate. It’s comforting to know that other people wrestle with work/life balance too and the whole “guilt” thing we put ourselves through for just being human! I catch my inner critic telling me I’m not doing “enough” to get stuff done (like I used to be able to when I was in my 20’s) and I have to stop and remember: I’m okay, I’m doing what I can and I am worth the time it takes to get well! Thank you for the positive healing energy too, Lexee, it means a lot ♡
You are absolutely not alone!