Friday, December 18, 2009

Rainy Day

Pink Gas Pump, February 2008 - Nikon D40 with 55 mm lens

I have been on vacation for the past four days and it has been lovely. I did not travel. I just relaxed. I have accomplished a few small projects which had been on my to-do list for far too long. I have allowed myself the luxury of not going and doing 24/7. I have replenished the batteries. I am not back to work until next week, but already I feel so much better than I did before. For a thousand reasons I kept telling myself I didn't have time to take time off. Always working hard to be all things to all people. But now that I am chilling out, I notice how vital this time off has been. The lesson here (I'm always looking for the lessons) is to take the time before I get frantic and anxious.

Taking care of myself, allowing myself a chance to rest and recharge, is not selfish. It makes me better able to take care of others. That is the best thing I can do for the people in my life.

I hope you all, even in this most hectic of seasons, can take a few hours at least to look after yourselves. I promise you, it's worth it.


Anonymous said...

Ah, excellent advice and what a fabulous posting! I'm really happy to hear you've been taking it easy this past week - perfect time of the year for it too! Looking for the lessons in life... the only way to live. ;-)

luthien said...

what a fab post :) love that image ... it really soothes and calms the nerve :) taking time off ... hmmm... sounds really inviting!

Chris said...

Thank you, girls!

priti.lisa said...

My Mom always says 'notice the tap,
before you feel the brick hit you'
I'm glad more peeps are taking a step back to see what is REALLY important.

Chris said...

Thanks, Lisa. I have never heard that saying, but I've always felt that the Universe gives us plenty of warnings, we're just often moving too fast to take heed.