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Conserving Spoons

I didn’t know I needed to read this today until I read it today.

Musings of an Aspie

If you aren’t familiar with “spoons” in the context of disability, take a few moments to read Christine Miserandino’s landmark piece on Spoon Theory before reading this post.

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Spoons, by nature, are a limited resource. They’re replenishable, but not on demand. Sometimes we get a new supply each day and sometimes we have to ration out spoons over many days before our supply is restocked. And there’s no spoon store, so forget going out to buy some if you unexpectedly run out.

Conserving spoons is an essential skill. The most obvious way to conserve is simply to ration. More things to do today than you have spoons for? Eliminate some stuff!

That works fine when your day has lots of padding. It’s relatively easy to cut out things like “go out for lunch with officemates” or “participate in 500-comment Facebook conversation.” You probably won’t miss them much. But what…

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One thought on “Conserving Spoons

  1. That’s similar to how I see my life. I don’t think about it as spoons but I know I have limited amounts of resources and they have to be rationed — and what I know more intensely in the last few years is that I have to come first.

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