Self-Care: The Weekly Chicken

February 15, 2019

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  • Wow, this is just what I needed this morning.

  • I could seriously use a group of chicks to chicken with.

  • I thought that this sounded a crazy, stress-inducing, competition encouraging (and as a Brit) very American idea. Definitely not my thing – but then I’m not a planner or list maker either. Then I realised that when I write my morning pages I often review my yesterday and write about how I felt the day went, the good, the bad, the cheering and the effect it all had on me. The other day I mused on the value of a daily review whether spoken in reassuring exchange with a partner or in email to a friend or written to oneself and wondered: is the review a vital part of memory forming? Is it like dreaming where our mind sifts and sorts experiences and files only the necessary and valuable things? I understand how the, apparently trivial, conversational run through of our days is a bonding exercise as well as a greeting ritual with our partners or housemates and am aware of how much I miss it now that I live alone. I can’t see me developing a weekly chicken routine but I know how much I gain from writing morning pages not least the knowledge that only I see them, no one else can judge me nor am I tempted to compare myself to anyone else.

    • Oh, I will be so interested to hear what your experience is! I will admit, Nat, that stress CAN be introduced to this process, and I have to dial it down sometimes. But what you say about “our mind sifts and sorts experiences and files only the necessary and valuable things,” well THAT is the point, and you’ve made it better than I did. YES to all that! <3 and thank you.

      • Aww, thanks for your kind words Max, I always enjoy your words and insights. I got back into writing morning pages a few months ago in order to help inspire me creatively again but have found the practice very cathartic and definitely good for my mental health. It is a great way of discovering what is really going on in ones head and life as thoughts flow unbidden, sometimes surprisingly, and you realise what has been festering at the back of your mind and can get to address it.

      • For Nat and Max, this is so good to read. My ‘work wife’ recently retired, and I feel at loose ends, “I understand how the, apparently trivial, conversational run through of our days is a bonding exercise as well as a greeting ritual ” is IT!

        • MLegan it’s often when we lose something we become sharply aware of its value, isn’t it?

  • Thanks Max. You’re brilliant as always.

  • Thank You !!! Reading this made me look foreword to my ” Chicken ” in my kitchen,where I have my wonderful chicken sitting on top of my fridge. I hope everyone has a great day!

  • Thank you

  • THIS IS COMPLETELY FANTASTIC.