Friday, May 30, 2008

So very tired

One of the things I was totally unpreapred for as I made the transition from curate to priest-at-least-notionally-in-charge was the high level exhaustion that has been my constant companion since 6th April.
This has nothing to do with not loving the job - I have rarely been happier, and am very sure that I have come home and am exactly where I should be. (thankfully, members of my congregations are kind enough to confirm this independently, which is always reassuring)
Nor is it a reflection on the demands that are being made of me - both my congregations are entirely supportive and caring, and very anxious that I should take the proper time off, rest when I need to,and generally not work myself into the ground.
It may just be a reaction to the quantum leap between even the most focussed and devoted of curacies and the reality of being the place where the buck stops...the popular comparison of leaving school on a Friday afternoon as a 6th former and returning on the Monday morning as the Head Teacher is truly a pretty accurate comparison in my profoundly limited experience...Where is Wonderful Vicar when I need him?!
Be that as it may, I'm pretty wiped out most of the time right now.
Not when I'm with people - then I am fired up, energised and energetic, remembering and radiating exactly what I am for...
No, it's when I get home that the slump that simple and silly household tasks sit neglected for days, and even after 3 days at 4 mph on the much loved narrowboat Polyphony, I'm still inclined to sleep and sleep and sleep some more.
Not to worry!
My family are pretty tolerant really, and if you are going to need to adopt Inertia as a middle name, I can think of few better places to do so than England's inland waterways.
We all had a lovely time - busy doing nothing!


Ruby said...

The narrowboat sounds heavenly! I hope you will return rested and ready. By next year this time, after you've passed all the "firsts" of the new place, you won't be nearly so exhausted. In the meantime, take good care, my dear, and spend what time you need to refresh yourself.

marcella said...

I hope Ruby's right. Rest well when you can - the boat looks a wonderful place to do it.

St said...

Interesting set of observations. If you are the sort of person who is more energised by the external world of people than your internal world then it may be hard to relax without people around you; even if you are actually ignoring them you are glad they are there. It therefore follows that some of the bits of your job (duties) may be relaxing. So, big question? Which bits of your work do you find so much fun they are relaxing even though they are work? Try and do some of these every day. And which bits of your home life do you find so draining that they feel like work? (beds? bins? bills?) Try to do these things on your working days not your day off.

It's the difference between real and apparent work and it is the key to staying the course in ministry, in my almost never humble opinion.

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paul chambers said...

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.

difficult to find i know, but this place looks as though it may be a rich place......