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Day 172: What is it Like when a Man Gets Sick vs a Women?

Jacqueline (Founder 365give) & husband David

Today’s GIVE was a big one for me. It was a give to my husband and a little piece of my sanity that went with it. What is it like when a man gets sick vs a women? I will let you answer that one yourself – I already know the answer and don’t want to spoil it for those women that don’t know yet.

Give 172: Day 172

For those of you that don’t have kids you may not understand this give. But for those of you that do, you may know that Saturday morning’s are a sacred time for Mothers.  If you happen to be going past a children’s park or playground on a Saturday morning you will notice that a large majority of the parents are Dads on their own with their children. You may think there is a secret club that has deemed Saturday mornings “Dad time” with the kids. It’s actually not about Dad’s at all but all about Mom’s. I am a full time Mom, full time blogger and I have my own business on the side. By the time Saturday morning comes every week I need a 4 – 5 solid hours of uninterrupted “me” time. I get to do whatever I want. I work out, a walk on the sea wall, catch up on work, housecleaning and on the odd occasion I may even get my nails done. That’s a really big day.

My husband works very hard for a living. He is brilliant, creative and has a job he loves. It’s all you could ask of your Partner. But in return, he works very long hours so I’m on my own most days right up to bed time and many days even after that. By the time Saturday morning arrives I can’t wait to throw on my running shoes and really run out the door for my sanity break. This morning – I gave a great gift to my husband. I didn’t run away. Our entire family has been fighting the nasty cold going around and my husband was hit with it this week. I let him sleep today. My son Nic and I were up just after 6:00 am and he slept until 10:30 am. I’m not sure I have ever slept that late in my life. ( I had the same cold a week ago) Not only that, once coffee was made and the rain had stopped I took my son down to the beach to play for the afternoon. I didn’t take the day off at all. No sanity break, no nails, no workout, no work time.

So it’s 10:00 pm on a Saturday night and I am drafting my post in hopes I can get it posted for tomorrow. I may be a little more tired today and a little less sane but my husband got some much needed rest. As much as I may have needed the break my husband needed ti more and I was happy to give him that.

Giving doesn’t have to be across an ocean or even next door. Giving to your partner / spouse every day will make you happy. It’s why I married my husband because we both give to each other in so many different ways every day. No limits, no conditions – just pure love. Giving comes from your heart so why not start in your home.

Time Commitment: My 4-5 hours sanity time

Cost: 0

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
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Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
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