I don’t know about you but most of my days are pretty scheduled. During the work week, I am up early and out the door on time; I usually work through lunch and conference calls don’t often end until well after the quitting hour. The funny thing is, I love a schedule. I enjoy the nuances of my work and the fact that some weeks have me traveling one day and in the office the next. The company I work for is changing, morphing, growing; keeping a schedule and helping my team know what to expect is critical to our success.
But, when Saturday rolls around, I still arm myself with a big list of things to accomplish. You know what I mean: clean the closet, organize that stack of medical reports, wash the floor, etc.
I know from where it comes: my parents and Grandparents. Hard work was expected but good work was praised. Growing up, they didn’t have time to pursue extra interests so what attributes were commented on? Work ethic. “Oh … he’s a good man, that one, a really hard worker.” Or “Oh that guy, kind of a slacker, be glad you didn’t marry someone like that.”
So there’s a certain genetic marker in me that is programmed to work. To be useful. Effective. Organized.
But also living inside me is the dreamer, the creative one, the one who wants to play.
Some Saturdays you’ll find me going after the house like the White Tornado.
And other Saturdays finding me doing just the opposite.
Today, I did something I don’t often do: I slept ’till I woke. It was 8:08 when my eyes opened … not late, really, but choosing to snooze till my body said “wake” felt like a gift.
I could have slept longer, but I didn’t.
I could have immediately started laundry and put away the dishes and and and.
But I didn’t.
Instead, Frankie and I stood in the doorway to the yard and watched the snow fall. He sniffed and I sipped and we both smiled at the robins flitting about.
Yes there are things to get done but, more than anything, we’re pushing the off button.
“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Amir” – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Are you able to lower the volume on your life? Do you have that same genetic marker that tells you work-work-work?