My husband has this wonderful internal mechanism that simply marvels me. What is it?
An off switch.
This concept of stopping when tired, of shutting the computer off and taking a nap when feeling sleepy, is completely novel to me.
At first, ok truthfully for the last nine years, I termed this switch as being “lazy” or “unmotivated.” I have come to realize however that what it is is a life jacket during the sinking of the Titanic, it is the eject button on a jet with all engines shut down. That off
switch is what keeps him sane while I spiral into the land of the walking dead.
Animals, and some humans, do this naturally. Because I am not one of them, I am the observer. Watching I am mystified. It’s like watching Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. I’m riveted because you see, it works.
Today when I wandered down from my office to get some water I found: Isabella (dog #1) asleep on her bed on the patio, Sophie (dog #2) conked out on the living room couch, Samson & Brutus (cats #1 & #2) dreaming away at the foot of the bed, and husband #1 (and only) asleep in said bed.
Out of the six of us, I was the only one who clearly didn’t get it. Though I had barely slept the night before and was going cross-eyed from working on revisions since 7am, I had refused to allow myself to stop, turn off, and to take a break.
An exhausted body is not a body prone to conception. It is a body pulling from reserves just to make it through the day.
So perhaps today is a good day for each of us to flip the switch to off, jump under the covers, and join the smart ones in our lives for a good old fashioned nap.
Take time today to turn off and to consequently turn your fertility on. Your body and your future child will thank you for it.