One Thing I Can't Stand...

There's no polite way to say it.  I CAN'T STAND HAVING A COLD.  Besides the obvious reasons, here's why...

I feel like I'm walking through a thick haze all day long.  It's tough to get clear and even tougher to be productive.

I know it's just a cold, but I feel like the WALKING DEAD.

I catch myself throwing little pity parties, which is really NOT like me. ME! The Eternal Optimist.

And I start feeling annoyed by things that I usually love, like my 9 year old son practicing notes on his saxophone. (I really do usually love hearing him play! He's a natural, and yes, I know I'm biased.)

Of course, I always seem to get a cold at the most inopportune time.  {At least THIS time it's not while I'm on a weekend getaway with my hubs to celebrate our anniversary! That really sucked.}


I cant stand having a cold when I'm feeling so DRIVEN to get down to business and get a lot done, thanks to Mars hanging out in my sign {Capricorn} right now.

And not--so-coincidentally, Mars just squared Jupiter in Libra, which astrologers have warned will force us to Slowwww Dowwwn.

Point taken.  I didn't just slow down, I came to a screeching halt.


As I start to feel a little better each new day, I've taken my own advice from the #MorningMessages I've been sharing on Facebook this week.


I've made peace with myself and accepted that right now it's ok to curl up in a blanket on the couch with hot bowl of Butternut squash soup and catch up on my writing.  I've gone back to basics, even though my original plans for this week were a lot more lofty.

I've taken some of my down time to catch up with friends that I haven't talked to in way too long.

And I've apologized to my little aspiring musician for snapping at him and invited him to tell me all about his day while I relaxed in bed gripping a box of tissues and simply listened.


While I certainly CAN'T STAND having a nasty cold, being forced to slow down has done me a lot of good.

I'm a firm believer in EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.  I always seem to forget that when I feel so inconvenienced and utterly annoyed by the seemingly endless days of sneezing my brains out when I have a cold. -- And even in the forgetting, there's the reason. 

It takes me back to my FAITH in the magic of the unplanned and unexpected.  The detours that pop up in our best-laid plans.  The break in routine.  There's beauty and wisdom in all of it.

And when the fog of this sniffly, head-pounding cold clears, I'll have learned the lessons.  I'll be little bit wiser and little bit lighter than I was before.


Over to YOU!

Let me know what YOU can't stand.  OR tell me how this Mars/Jupiter Square has forced you to slow down in some way.  We all experience these effects differently, and I'd love to hear about how it's playing out in your life.