I have a pattern – 6 weeks after returning from the Christmas break, I need and take a day off. First I cash in the massage gift certificate given by Hubbs at Christmas (ooh, ahh), then I take a Friday off. And the only ‘schedule’ about the day off is doing it.
I shut off my phone, turn off the alarm, and sleep. Sleep ’till I wake up, whenever that may be. Around 7:30 today I woke with a start, sure that I was late for something. Smiling at the early light outside, I ‘tucked & rolled’ back under the covers. At 8:45 I couldn’t sleep any more so I knew that was just right for me.
Pouring coffee I looked at my phone: 74 new emails, some informational, and a couple marked urgent. Few are, geez people settle down.
I didn’t answer.
My out-of-0ffice is on and my staff is capable. Plus, I know better; if I answer one – just one – the phone will start ringing. Nope, not doing it. The world will not end between now and Monday, of that I’m sure.
I used to spend my days off racing around the house getting things done, answering emails, being available to everyone except myself. Sometimes I still do, but not so much anymore.
Now, I give myself permission to accomplish nothing. Zip. Nada.
To putz and hover and think.To read, to write, to laugh to dream. To sing, to play, to live.
Later I’ll sit in little chairs and happily accept warm hugs and sticky kisses at the grand kids’ Valentines day parties. I know one thing for sure – they don’t care how many emails I have or who wants me to call. They’ll care that I’m there. That my phone is off. That they have my attention. 100%.
And the very best part about a day of purposeful nothingness will be the peace that fills my soul. And it will be otterly wonderful!
“Many of us harbor hidden low self-esteem. We deem everything and everyone more important that ourselves and think that meeting their needs is more important than meeting our own. But remember this – if you run out of gas, everyone riding with you will be left stranded, too.- Bishop T.D. Jakes
How good are you at taking a day completely “off?”