Just When You Thought You Had it All Figured Out...

Just When You Thought You Had it All Figured Out...

Thoughts on life, spirit and joy... by Trina Ramsey

A Day of Doing Nothing

11:20 am  It’s Sunday morning. I would normally be in church. But today I decided to take the day off – from life. The past couple of weeks have been incredibly full.  There was a death in the family, which prompted two weekend trips to support and participate in honoring our loved one. I just got back last night. In the meantime, I am launching a new program for my business, so have been spending lunch hours and late nights creating copy, working on promoting my business and networking. My son is starting high school and my daughter just headed off to her second year of college.  And my job is always very busy – no day the same.  I am blessed. I am tired! lol

 

I believe in living life fully. As a result, I admit that I take on more than I should at times. As I have matured, I occasionally allow myself a bit of down time. Today happens to be one of those days.  It’s ironic that it’s Sunday – the day that God wants us to set aside for rest.  Also ironic is the fact that I have also chosen to skip church today.  I generally experience Sunday as one of the busiest days of the week: church, shopping, cooking, and preparing for the week. But today I am slowing it down. To be honest, my body is requiring me to take a breather. 

 

2:25 pm  So far so good!  I guess writing this is a form of “work” but it’s also play for me so it’s all good. I am wearing comfy clothes and catching up my DVRs and political shows. I made a great veggie omelet for brunch. Don’t worry, I don’t plan to give a play-by-play of the entire day.  Lol.

 

THE VALUE OF DOWNTIME

 

One of the great things about spending some time not going, doing, and rushing around is that you get to reconnect with yourself.  You get to connect with ideas, thoughts or feelings that may lie beneath the surface.  You get to turn the dial down a bit. Maybe even squeeze in some fun (nice concept, huh?)

 

I have a question for you. When have you taken some time for yourself? I will admit it feels a bit luxurious to have an entire day. But it could be an afternoon, or even an hour or two. Just 30 minutes could make a huge difference. If you haven’t dialed it back lately, I encourage you to schedule some me time THIS WEEK. 

Here are a few ideas:

  • Visit your favorite park for a nature walk, or just sit on a bench and reflect.  Minimum time: 30 minutes
  • Take a bubble bath! Add sparkling water or wine and relaxing music – make it an event!
  • Grab coffee or lunch with a good friend you’ve been meaning to reconnect with.
  • When you get home from work, turn on some music instead of the TV. Put your feet up and enjoy! Take a couple of deep breaths.  Ahhhh!
  • Take the afternoon off and catch a movie.
  • Take a drive to “nowhere”.  Put your favorite music on and just follow your nose (this is a good weekend activity).
  • Take a mid-afternoon break for ice-cream, a latte or frozen yogurt.

 

So here’s the challenge. Choose 1 thing from this list (or something else of your choosing) and decide NOW when that’s going to happen this week.  Call that friend to set that appointment.  Block off some time in your schedule if necessary. Ready, set, go!!

 

Until next time...

Your friend, Trina

 

 

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