I have heard from most everyone lately that their life is busy. “I have so much to do.” “Everyone is going in different directions.” “There isn’t enough time.”
I believe that most everyone understands how life can easily become triple and double booked. It’s not easy to balance work commitment and deadlines along with plans to meet with friends, children’s schedules, workouts, grocery shopping, meal planning, and basic life errands. Trying to maintain this pace typically means late nights (which means less sleep), skipping out on necessary events (exercise, a date with friends) and basically running into the ground (or into a wall).
Lately, I’ve found myself in this cycle. My exercise routine fell off to one day a week, I hadn’t written in my personal journal for several weeks and I was grading papers right before class. There has been no such thing as just being able to sit.
Towards the end of last week, James developed a cold (the kind with a nagging cough and constant pressure) and he basically felt miserable. Fortunately, he had a doctor’s appointment already scheduled and was able to receive antibiotics and even a breathing treatment. However, like most people, he had clients to see at work and continued to keep up his schedule.
We had plans for the weekend which included the University of Kentucky’s homecoming football game. However, the weather on Saturday was rainy, cold and felt like late November. This was not something someone who was sick needed to be out in. Fortunately, he agreed (although at 4:00 PM he still stated he was thinking he could go).
In all honesty, I just wanted to stay at home. In all honesty, I NEEDED to stay home. I love football but my mind and body have been telling me for several weeks that I needed to slow down. His cold was a perfect reminder that one needs to choose to slow a busy life down.
We ended up spending Saturday night watching football on tv in front of a fire. I was able to get through my stack of magazines which has accumulated over the past month and I thoroughly enjoyed wearing my yoga pants with no makeup and hair pulled up in a bun.
Although I regularly schedule time for myself such as hair appointments and time with friends; this weekend reminded me of the importance of choosing to slow down. There will always be an activity to go to and appointments to keep but there are times in life when we must choose to say no and listen to our own needs.
Do you have a busy week and month planned? Is there a part of you that feels the need to take a break?
Today I encourage and give you permission to choose to slow down.
Joining Emily’s Grateful Heart Monday because I’m grateful for reminders that we need to choose to slow down.