Five Minute Friday : Empty

This week’s writing prompt is Empty.


Sometimes I have absolutely noting left to give.  I take care of my children, my husband, my home and myself.  I know that is the complaint from every single mother out there…so much to do, so little resources to do a good job.  At times I feel frantic when I feel like my nurturing tank is empty.  I raise my voice when I know better, I get impatient about things that are no big deal, my heart races to try and keep up with…well…nothing really.  The emptiness is real though because it takes a lot out of a person to care for others.  During pre-flight instructions, flight attendants to tell you to fasten your own oxygen mask before helping others pre-flight instructions, there is a reason for that.  If I am going to be helpful I know that I need to take care of myself.  The empty depleted feeling is also oddly grounding to me.  Through the emptiness I discover my limits and my true character.  I know that I am a tolerant person when I can tolerate nothing else.  I know that I am a patient person when I realize I have no patience left.

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