There comes a time when we get tired. Not just “I need to sleep” tired, but bone deep exhaustion that tells us we have done all we can and have given everything we can. Those who run or play a significant role in groups feel this quite often, for it seems to be the refrain I’m hearing lately that those who have taken leadership roles that help is few and far between. We get fatigue.
We can also get spiritual fatigue. When the Goddess has given us more than enough for our plates and we’re busy juggling friends and family, plus our own work and personal commitments, it’s easy to get tired of it all. What’s the use, we wonder, because we are constantly on that treadmill like a hamster that never ends up going anywhere. We run and run and run for little rewards or little appreciation.
We need to recognize when this fatigue has set in, and we should communicate it to others in our family, our circle of friends, or our coven. “Hey, I’m really tired here. I need some help.” There’s no shame in asking for help, and often, when we get that help, it refreshes our spirit, as well as our ability to do the work asked of us. For those who are in positions of authority, who might not have peers on whom they can rely, or are dealing with a “head of the household” situation, then it’s time to turn to the gods.
Personally, when this happens to me, I like to sit down and have a chat with the goddess. And I lay it all out. It’s confessional time, and I tell her exactly what’s happening and what I need. Sometimes I also like to invoke a warrior deity to give me strength to get through the situation. After this, I simply take the time I need.
F is for fatigue, and that’s something we all deal with from time to time. The good thing is that it’s something the goddess can help us with, and all we have to do is ask.