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Don’t Strain Yourself



Today’s SoCS prompt is the word, “strain.” We can use it any way we want to.

“Don’t strain yourself,” has been a sarcastic response to someone not working hard, doing the minimum, or less. Sometimes we have to strain. But often things don’t have to be as much as a strain as I make them by worrying. When I remember to breathe and let things happen naturally – taking action and making plans without the angst of what ifs, or at least with a lighter heart – I’m a lot healthier.

Work without strain. I can do that. Sometimes. I’m writing this Friday night as is my habit. I’m tired after a day of wrapping and boxing and carrying things from the house that was my parents’ to my renovated house.  Soon it will be done. Maybe in a couple of weeks. The house will be sold and this physical work will be done. And I will hold the memories.

There are some timing things in the works. Lots of personal stuff going on between now and the end of June.  Change can be exciting and tiring. But it doesn’t have to be a strain. Maybe I should write this in the morning when I’m no so tired.  We’ll see. I could start over.  That’s what morning is. Starting over. And you can start your day over at any time. But it was a good day. I’m thankful for my high school friend helping me today. SOOOO thankful.  She went to high school with me and now we are friends again in our 60s. That’s very cool.  On the way to my parent’s old house we drove through our old neighborhood listening to classic rock from the 70s, and singing along with some of the songs.

Here’s one we sang in the car to the mellow classic rock station:


Don’t you just love that album cover?  Music sure does help turn strain into flow.  There now. That’s better.

For more on the Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit Linda Hill’s blog:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

24 thoughts on “Don’t Strain Yourself

  1. Moves can take a lot from us. They can be delightful while also wrought with emotions. What a great treasure having a life-long friend by your side. And I love that song! Always been one of my favorites. Great use of the prompt.

  2. Packing and moving boxes can be so tiring and I’m glad you had your friend to help. Take it easy on yourself, JoAnna. Take some time to relax and breathe through the rest of this month and into June. No straining! 🙂

  3. YAY – you’re going to feel so great when the house is finally sold! I hope you’re not like me and keeping a bunch of stuff to decide upon later! That was a strain to go through every item and decide or not decide until later. That is so awesome that your friends again (still). It must’ve been a joy to ride along and sing those songs and play! Makes me smile thinking of it. Nice job on the prompt today – hope you have a wonderful Saturday!!

    • Thank you, Shelley. I will probably decide to get rid of a few more things once everything is here since I have a feeling it’s going to be a little crowded. I’m thankful to have had the time to get rid of a lot of things from the source. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! And Happy Mother’s Day!

      • In due time, more and more decisions will be made. You are lucky to have had time to get rid of stuff from there. I had to move it all to my house so we could flip her house and sell it before I ran out of money for her care. I’m still finding boxes of stuff I put in spaces to get them out of my way. I wouldn’t suggest my method to anyone! LOL!

  4. It is too easy at times the fall for strain and stress during difficult times and
    oddly , moving home is up there among the big stressors. How wonderful than
    to have a friend turn up and make it all positive.
    You will be relaxed once it is all done and you can settle.

    All the best


  5. wonderful encouragement
    to tidy our house without strain, Linda!
    with my tendinitis i’ve developed the habit
    of working some, but not too much 🙂

    • I’m glad you found this encouraging, David. My back gets me to rest more often these days, especially when I’m home. Sometimes I just need to stretch out flat for ten minutes and then I can continue. Thanks for the reminder. Do take care!

  6. I love this song. Thanks for the memories and the peaceful moments.

  7. Go one. I’m to strained to participate. This is the first one missed since I started. I just had to check the blog thou. 🙂

  8. I hope you can sit back and relax soon, JoAnna. I love that song.

  9. Great song. Great to have old friends, too. Really good attitude about work and change. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

  10. I need to remember to breathe and let things happen naturally. I was SO good at it a few years ago, and I’ve somehow lost it

    • It comes and goes for me. Some days letting things happen naturally comes naturally. Other days I feel like I’m PMSing but I’m post menopausal. Right now I’m sitting on my back deck, watching birds, and noticing little moments of peace on the breeze. Wishing you peaceful moments.

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