Sometimes, the smallest requests made by a child, spouse, sibling, friend, etc. feel like ridiculously large demands.
Sometimes, the “fun to-do’s” are the mole hills that morph into mountains (in my over-stretched mind.)
Sometimes, the pile of laundry, dirty dish left in the sink, or simply the sound of the ringing phone can cause me to snap unexpectedly and sometimes, un-apologetically.
Sometimes, I wake up and calculate the hours I need to get through before I can crawl back to bed.
Sometimes, despite my best efforts, I can’t find a rhythm in my day, and life’s demands feel overwhelming.
Sometimes, I forget I always have a choice. Always.
Sometimes, I forget to forgive myself for being human.
And, sometimes, all I really need is to unplug from my to-do’s long enough to reset my priorities.
It happens to all of us. Contrary to public, or sometimes private, beliefs, there is no “Super Woman/Man”, and we all need to unplug from the routine now and then. By the end of last week, I felt myself slipping under my mountain of “to-do’s.” The harder I tried to swim, the deeper I sank; I know the pattern well. This time however, rather than continuing my frantic paddling, I took a time-out. I reclaimed some time for me. It wasn’t a day or even an afternoon. It was a short, re-energizing 30 minutes during which I struggled (really struggled) to keep my mind quiet and meditate. Which made me very aware of how long it had been since I last meditated. Though easy to forget, we can all find 30 minutes to give to ourselves. In only 30 minutes–or less!– we can meditate, go for a walk, read, journal, or workout. In only 30 minutes, we can recharge our batteries and keep our heads above water. Think of it as preventive medicine. It’s only when we take good care of that we can take good care of the ones we love.
And, trust me, whether you unplug for only 30 minutes to meditate or for an entire weekend away, your family, your job, your “to-do’s” will be there, waiting for you when you get back.
Today, I invite you to find a comfortable spot, to quiet your mind, and to be still. Unplug for just a bit and sit on a bench at the banks of the river, just below an old homestead high in the Rocky Mountains. Though there is snow on the ground, the sun is high and the day is warm. Breathe in deeply the fresh air and listen to the sounds of the rushing water. Give yourself and the ones you love a dose of preventive medicine.
Sometimes, we all need to unplug from life for just a bit to reset our perspective.
Won’t you join me?