Time outs aren’t so bad after all

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” –Marthe Troly-Curtin

So, I’ve written about being stressed and as sick and tired as I am of feeling that way, I’m pretty sure you, dear readers, might be sick of hearing about it, too.

You see, sometimes, in the day-to-day race that is life, I can get so caught up on the merry-go-round that I no longer hear the music; all I can hear is noise. I can no longer see the intricate carvings of the horses or enjoy the lights because it all flies past me in the blur known as “get-it-done.”

When I stop feeling exhilarated and start feeling woozy, it’s time to stop the merry-go-round and get off.

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And for that reason, I’ve taken two – count ‘em – two vacation days: tomorrow and Monday.  Call ’em mental health days, call ’em what you will – I’ve checked out.

I’ll make lists and I’ll ponder, I’ll putz and I’ll organize but … I’ll also sip coffee, catch up on your blogs, daydream and hang out with old dog. I’ll get in a run or two, I’ll accomplish a few things and ignore twice as much; I’ll dine with Hubbs and chat with the kids and maybe even sleep in … just a little. I’ll watch the World Series and chat on the phone with Mom and my cousin; I’ll cook and I’ll sing and I’ll visit with friends.  I’ll take four days to step away and be my very own battery charger.

And come Tuesday, when the Wurlitzer starts cranking out that old familiar tune, maybe I’ll smile the smile of the invigorated and not the one that’s frozen and spent.

Do you make it a point to put yourself in time out?


*for more info on Grand Rapids’ very own 1928 Spillman Carousel, 1 of only 3 to have been produced, click here

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32 thoughts on “Time outs aren’t so bad after all

  1. MJ, get up here I’ll take you on a nice quiet ride on the beach. Serious. ~d.

    • I would so love that … this time I am making a point to stay put … but I will keep your offer tucked away 🙂 thank you!

  2. Every once in a while we all need a break. So glad you are taking some time out to nurture yourself.

    • Yep, slept till I woke up this morning — wasn’t late but the absence of the stupid alarm clock was enough to make me wake with a smile 🙂 Bests to you!

  3. MJ, get down (or over) HERE: you can help us batten down the hatches!!! 😉

    • Not only would we batten them, we’d have a lot of fun doing it 🙂 Take care my friend, I am hoping that storm veers hard to the right (Atlantic!)


  4. What a great idea. Today was a lovely day, and I had an out of the office appointment and just didn’t go back to the office. Instead I enjoyed the park, the river and the fall foliage. Much, much better.

    Enjoy your days — hope you have lovely weather. If not, just pull up the picture on your header and gaze into it. It is lovely!

    • Thank you, Elyse; today is breezy and bright, old dog’s snoozing in the sunshine and I’m on my 2nd cup of coffee. The house is quiet (Hubbs took the time off, too, and he’s enjoying some much needed rest). I have a few things in mind for today but mostly – mostly I’m doing a lot of nothing!

      Cheers! MJ

  5. I hope you have an amazing 2 extra days off!! It’s so wonderful to take time for ourselves. I do take days for just me and love it 🙂

    • Yep, I needed some space with no one in it. My office-mates are great, and I have a lot of fun with them, but I just needed some days with no schedule, no alarm clocks, and no particular place to be 🙂 Cheers! MJ

  6. I say you are a wise woman, to realize when you need a break and make it happen. Enjoy all those wonderful things you mentioned!

  7. richripley

    Mentally…every day; I just have to…for a few sane moments.

    Enjoy your mental health day, have a donut on me. 🙂

    • Good for you! Exercise is a great departure for me and old dog and I will take a short walk today for him then I will have a nice long meandering run through the neighborhood. Everything else can wait! 🙂 MJ

  8. whoopah! Taking a nice ‘timeout’ tomorrow 8 hours of yoga & meditation 🙂 Hope you continue to feel better MJ.

  9. Enjoy your time off and energize yourself
    We all need time to refresh
    God Bless

  10. I enjoy making lists as well. It makes me feel organized and rational and I can follow the lists and not need to think about more than one thing at a time. Enjoy your time off MJ. You deserve it.

  11. What a great idea! No, I do not put myself in time-outs much. I probably should!

  12. Nooooo….don’t tell me you have a Wurlitzer player piano. If you do…just pull out those QRS rolls and sing away. hmmm… Of what Wurlitzer do you speak?
    Anyway enjoy the time off. Do and Go exactly where you heart leads you.

    • No, I don’t have one although that would sure be neat. The carousel pictured revolves to the music of a Wurlitzer band organ; I was referring to the one that plays in my head, you know, the soundtrack to your life? When that music starts cranking up on my return to work/life/everything on Tuesday, I hope to feel refreshed and not stressed .. so far so good! 😉 MJ

  13. I take time out, more often than I used to. When I take time for myself, I limit my time online, I focus on the here and now, I try to be fully present. At other times, my “time out” is not for myself, but for concentrated work. Either way, a break in pace is a good thing, and gives me fresh energy to come back to the tasks I’ve set aside for a time.
    Hope you find yourself re-energized and refreshed! ~ Sheila

    • I agree on the online part, it can suck away my free time faster than I realize. It can also be a way to avoid a task I don’t want to do … disconnecting and being miles from high speed anything when I was at the farm with Mom was a good reminder for that. The refreshing part is coming, I can feel it! Thanks, Sheila.

      • Oh, if we’re going to talk about using online activities to avoid things I don’t want to do! Now that could be a lengthy conversation! I have to limit/reward myself with internet time when I’ve done other things on my to-do list. Otherwise, I would just be consumed…and by such wonderful stuff. My reading list and Pinterest alone could do it. 🙂

        I saw a challenge yesterday that I need to take to heart: before you consume online content, produce! Maybe if I put that discipline into practice, my blog postings would be more frequent.
        ~ Sheila

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