Thrivin’ Tuesdays: Welling the Well

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Happy Thrivin’ Tuesday, everyone! Today I’m shifting gears, and promise to come back to our regularly scheduled podcasts a little later this week. For now, I’d like to share with you my experience this morning in welling my well.


~ (verb)
to rise, spring, or gush, as water, from the earth or some other source (often followed by up, out, or forth): Tears welled up in my eyes.

Sometimes we wake up in the morning and we just don’t want to do [it]. Whatever [it] is, I know you know the feeling. Tired eyes. Sore body. Groggy being. You begrudgingly get out of bed, feeling like there must be some other way to go about life. That feeling attacked me in the face this morning. Tried to take over my day, right from the beginning. And I almost didn’t have the strength to stop it.

The only thing that keeps a fight going is resistance. When you stop resisting, you stop fighting. It’s what you do immediately thereafter that makes it a good or a bad decision. This morning, I asked myself some questions.

What do you need this morning?
Where has your well run dry?
Can you muster up a smile for your puppy’s 2-year birthday today?

It wasn’t as if suddenly the clouds parted, the fog broke and my day was perfect. But by asking myself what I needed, rather than what I needed to do, I was able to push past the first bit of tired eyes, sore body, groggy being.

As I contemplated what I need this morning, I realized that I need to take it slow. I need to rest. I need to take care of myself, to love myself, to nurture myself. For me, this means taking Thrivin’ Tuesday in a different direction this morning. It means enjoying a cup of coffee while rubbing my puppy’s head as he licks my hand. It means getting ready for my day, and giving myself permission to not rush. It means being kind to myself.

And in being kind, I think about where my well has run dry. I don’t usually feel like this most mornings, let alone a Thrivin’ Tuesday. Yes, something feels different. This past week has been a trying week, with two scary spider incidents, one ending in a tragic (for the spider) stomping; a broken bike pedal while riding uphill 3 miles away from home; and working on personal stories trudging into parts of my past I’d thought I’d long since forgotten. This week has taken its toll.

I must rejuvenate.

The thing is, I can’t force myself to rejuvenate. I’ve got to let it happen somewhat naturally—let it well up—in the ways I know will work. Drinking an energy drink or shot or taking extra supplements just won’t do. My body craves to be healed with natural ingredients. Like water. Hot, running water from a spout, into a tub, which relaxes not just my body, but my soul.

This reminds me that maybe it’s time to be mindful and take a bath. Yes, it’s time to relax a little. Take a small amount of time to rejuvenate before I run myself into the ground. I’ve found that in the past I have a difficult time thriving while I’m running myself into the ground.

And now in my mindful meanderings, I find space to smile about Jackson’s birthday. Happy birthday, sweet boy.

So today I’ll leave you with is this:

Happy Thrivin’ Tuesday.


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