It’s hard for me to take days off. I always want to be doing something, making progress in something, completing something. Sometimes I get too caught up in doing things that I forget to take pleasure in what I’m doing. My acts become about the completion, not the journey.
I’ve realized that when I get caught up in doing, I become less effective over time, I lose the enjoyment in my actions and I become burnt out and drained. It’s not always easy for me to stop doing, but it’s a great lesson and act for me to practice.
This past Saturday, I wrote a huge list of to-dos that I wanted to get done over the weekend. I ended up doing none of them. I spent Saturday with my 2 1/2 and 8 month old nieces, one of my sisters, Kristina, and my brother-in-law, Anthony. We babysat my nieces for a few hours and then my other sister, Renee, and brother-in-law Matt came by and we all hung out and ate lunch together. After Renee, Matt and my nieces took off, Kristina, Anthony and I played Beatles Rock Band, went for a walk and then we drove over to their house and I spent the night at their house. On Sunday, I came back home, watched the 49ers, watched some movies and went to sleep early.
I wrote a herculean to-do list that was unrealistic, and the most loving thing for me to do this past weekend was none of it. Days off are extremely important. It’s very rare that I do no work during the weekend, but it’s important that I take time off to take care of myself. Today, I feel rested and I’m having a positive, productive and balanced day.
When was the last time you took a day off? What do you like to do during your days off to have fun and rejuvenate your energy?
– Emelina Minero
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