Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Some cheese with that whine?

I just took down an ultra-whiny post I put up earlier, droning on about the state of my masseter muscle and how it has taken a doctor, a chiropractor, a dentist, and some killer muscle relaxants to undo the painful damage I've been doing to my jaw this week by clenching in my sleep. The stress is not coming from work or home--it's coming from church.

I have to find a way to slough it off when people are mad at me because I scheduled a meeting at a time when it conflicted with their pet project, or when I am having to shoulder a responsibility that started out as someone else's (long story). I can and do say "no", in fact I just said no to a teaching request yesterday. But, you know, not only can I not please all of the people all of the time, I also have to learn to be OK with that and not take it out on my own body in my sleep.

As I told my chiropractor on Monday, God is a solace. God's people often are not.

8 comments:

Presbyterian Gal said...

Well phooey.

Mompriest said...

oh, ick...I know all about that masseter muscle business...sorry.

revkjarla said...

ooyy!
prayers for healing your body, and prayers for being kind and graceful to yourself while keeping some boundaries!

Rev Kim said...

I hope you are feeling better today in body, mind, & spirit. Sorry for the icky people.

(((Zorra)))

Quotidian Grace said...

Good for you for saying no. Repeat after me: Just because someone in the church asked me to do something that does NOT mean that the request comes from God.

I'm repeating it with you, by the way.

Rev SS said...

Yeah, God's people are often not the best at honoring boundaries. Take care of yourself!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I have a hard time not taking conflicts out on my own body too. Sending you hugs and prayers.

Mary Beth said...

i hear you. courage!!!