And speaking of breath, Girlfriends, our biggest challenge in getting our grooves back is in learning to stay steady and resist the temptation to pile more chores and responsibilities on our plates. As marvelous and generous of you as it is to view yourself as the sole source of oxygen for your family, you are useless unless your own lungs are full. We're talking about staying fully oxygenated for the next twenty, thirty, or forty years. That means you have to pace yourself and your breath accordingly. Take a sip of pure oxygen from a solitary walk on the beach, or from a needlepoint class or from writing a long letter to you best friend from high school. Remember, always save a little air for yourself, Girlfriend-otherwise, you will never be able to keep up with this race. Or you may inadvertently find yourself approaching the elusive finish line with the realization that you've been breathing nothing but bus fumes for the entire run. If you haven't smelled as many flowers as you've smelled farts, it's no one's fault but your own.
Reprinted from The Girlfriends' Guide to Getting Your Groove Back, by Vicki Iovine, by permission of Perigee, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. Copyright (c) 2001 by Vicki Iovine. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced without permission.