Friday, March 19, 2010

What a Week

(source unknown, sent by my best friend to give me perspective this week)

What a week this has been, my friends. But it's coming to a close. And while I know I will be working this weekend, I also know I will get more than 4-6 hours of sleep each night, which is what I've been averaging this week.

Last night I got together with my aunt & cousin! You see, my cousin is in med school, and yesterday was match day - which is the day where med students find out where they will do their residency. For those who were in a sorority, it's like Bid Day on crack!! We had much to celebrate though as my cousin got her TOP PICK. I was not at all surprised - she is one smart, hard working, determined cookie, but I know it's a relief to her! It was so great to laugh and tell stories over a couple of glasses of wine.

The perfect way to cap off a craptastic week.

A reminder of the things that matter most in life.

We talked about work and life and standing up for yourself and Macchu Pichu and Ernest Hemingway and psychotic behavior (my cousin's speciality is psychiatry).

Similar to last week, I am going to leave you with another little treasure from Anne Radmacher. If you like the poems I have been posting, you must check out her book! You will not regret it.

This poem sort of speaks to how I have been feeling lately - except the person telling the lie is me. About myself. And my abilities. I know what I am capable of. I have a gaggle of friends and family that know what I am capable of. A little bit of self criticism is good, but a lot is not. I know I would like a broken record when I say I need to be a littl easier on myself. It's time to actually act on it and cut myself some major slack.

somebody lied to you once.
once but it was a really really big lie.
you know it. you know the one of which i speak.
it's the one that began,
"that's not good enough."
and the great brown sadness is that you believed that lie.
and now you are just finishing up the days trying
to be good enough, the glory of the inside of a
murex has invited you to your own glory.
the shell's inner soul reminds you of what you have always
known but weren't brave enough to believe...
you are perfect just as you are.
you are a glorious
creative, dancing laughing being...
who loves chocolate and children and animals and
friends and frosts all those cakes with loving frosting
for others but forgets to keep a slice for herself.
look in that precious mirror and say

when i first saw you i knew you'd arrive today...
just fine.
just perfect.
the way you are.
remember this day
is your wild and precious gift.
open it and honor it.
remember this day
is your opportunity to
grow and learn and be better
at dusk than you were at dawn.
remember this day
that extending is
important as receiving love.

Happy Weekend, dear readers. I hope it is restful and wonderful for all of you.


Charbelle said...

Wow that poem is AMAZING!!! You're right it's a perfect note to you as this crazy awful week comes to an end! I'm glad you were able to relax over dinner, it's always the greatest treat to be with those who know you the best!!!

I'maNolaGirl said...

Enjoy your weekend too!!!

Becky said...

I seriously need to buy that book. How fun that you talked about Macchu Pichu - my mom is going there in a few weeks with one of my cousins! :)

Boo for working this weekend, but hooray for getting more sleep! Take some time for yourself this weekend (maybe a pedicure is in order?) and have a great one!

(Oh, and LOVE that photo!)

Gracie said...

It was match day for pharmacy students, too (the ones who choose to do residencies) and the process is similar except that many students don't match (there aren't a lot of programs out there; it's still kind of unusual for a pharmacist to do a residency). I fielded a lot of calls from disappointed friends who didn't match! I was a crying shoulder for sure!!!
Congrats to your cousin - what a stressful day and glad it ended happily for her!

Nora said...

You deserve to enjoy your weekend and get some rest; I've been on the 6 hour a night plan myself and it just doesn't cut it. I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and I look like a zombie. Uncool.

Get some rest & relaxation in this weekend. Maybe a little "You've Got Mail," action? =)

aimee said...

i love the bid day reference! i just got all excited thinking about bid day! congrats to your cousin. and for your sake, i'm so glad it's friday!! get some sleep this weekend!

Cherry Blossoms said...

I like that poem a lot- they all have been wonderful. I normally do not like poems but I am liking these. Enjoy the weekend as its finally here!!!

Leigh said...

I hope you have a great, relaxing weekend which you deserve after your past week!

And fingers crossed that next week will be better :)

Marlys said...

Beautiful poem! Glad you shared it and that you are putting it into practice? Have a restful, fun, weekend inspite of working! I'm still rejoicing about the Match Day, and so happy you could visit a bit with B & S!

Amber said...

What a beautiful poem as are all the ones you post.

You know, I know you want to cut yourself some slack, and you SHOULD. But remember, it's a work-in progress - like losing weight. So just take it one day at a time!

I hope you get TWELVE hours of sleep each night this weekend. You deserve it! I also hope the sun is shining where you are!!! XO

Meg said...

enjoy a much needed weekend!!! xoxoxoxo and may next week be better!!! :)

Sarah said...

I'm glad the weekend's coming for your sake - 4-6 hours sleep a night is not enough, especially with all the stress that you've been coping with.

Thank God for family and friends that cheer you up when you're down, eh?

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

I've started that book and really enjoy it. I hope that this weekend really allows you to relax and get some rest you so desperately need! Your week sounded stressfull. Happy Fri! PS-Proud of you for being so diligent about mixing up your workout routine so you don't stay injured. :)

qwerkyqook said...

It was so good to see you Lisa! I hope this weekend gives you a chance to unwind!

Kelly said...

Wow, congrats to your cousin for getting her top pick!!! That is NOT easy, as I swear my college roommate is a really smart hard working girl as well (I would know I lived with her for 4 years haha) and she got #6 :( Match is a crazy crazy system!

I'm sorry your week was so terrible but at least it ended well AND you'll be relaxing and sleeping this weekend! How is your knee doing with the PT?

Anais said...

Congrats to your cousin!!!

I'm guessing the articling process here for law jobs is about the same... I got no picks :( And I'm going through the whole process again... it's so stressful! :(