Monday morning and my son should be at school doing literacy but he is downstairs watching television. He is pale, snuffly and fatigued. Today is his school Christmas play and being a bit of a performer he can’t bear to miss it. So he is resting this morning and acting this afternoon! Unfortunately due to his absences he has been demoted from an inn keeper to a paige! But to him it is still important that he is there even if he is a pale paige!
When I phoned the school this morning I didn’t feel completely trusted by the head teacher when I made my explanation. I felt I could hear his questions ‘Why would a child be well enough for a play but not for doing literacy?’ ‘Why would a child be well enough to act but not to walk to the church? ‘ Its interesting isn’t it? I suppose energy isn’t just about the physical although a lot of people treat it like it is.
It is so interesting watching my son’s response to being unwell. Basically if we think of something really exciting to do he is there! For instance he loves going out at night and we took him to see some Christmas lights in a nearby town. and he was enthralled. This doesn’t mean he is well, but he is so connected with his passion that for a short while this energy can over-ride his feelings of fatigue. I think we can learn from this. Often when we feel ‘stretched’ as adults our solution is just to keep ‘bashing away’ to try to achieve our goals and this makes us even more tired. If we try to stay connected with our passion we will find energy will come from somewhere that has more of a joy and lightness of spirit about it. It enlivens us, recharges us and makes us warmer, happier people to be around