I had a difficult email to write last night. We’d made a commitment to a cross country visit and needed to cancel. We just couldn’t do it, couldn’t be there without significant cost to myself or Pam. We’ve burnt the candle at both ends this year (something Mom always warned me about) and forgotten the importance of showing up for ourselves.
Then a week ago Pam was diagnosed with a rather nasty case of bronchitis. She rarely gets sick but this illness kept her in bed, forced her to rest no matter what projects were waiting. She’s still on the mend, may well be for the next few weeks. Her illness demanded we reassess our priorities going forward.
So I carefully worded the email, wanting to the other person to know how precious she is to us, and after many seconds of one finger hovering over the enter button, hit send. A short while later, the reply came, “Absolutely. Right decision.” She understood.
And sometimes, isn’t that what we most need to hear?