Are you one of those folks who walks through life looking straight ahead — not looking to your left or to your right — just straight ahead? Perhaps most days you’re looking down at your phone — hurrying to get to work, a meeting, your second job, or your kids’ after school activities. Here’s a question for you (and I hope you pause long enough to read it). Do you ever slow down or simply stop to look at your surroundings and see what you’ve been missing?
Many of us run through life as if we’re on borrowed time, and actually we are. We’re always borrowing time from something to do something else. Do you ever cut into your family time by staying at work a little longer? If so, you’re borrowing time from your family. Will you ever pay them back? Maybe you have to finish typing an important e-mail or check in with that coworker who’s having relationship troubles. Maybe you’re skipping gym time or a late dinner with friends. If so, you’re borrowing time that’s devoted to self care. Everything is scheduled these days — even our potty breaks.
If any of these scenarios describe you and your life, just stop. Take a deep, cleansing breath — in through the nose and out through the mouth. Some of us might benefit from a second breath. Now unplug from everything for a few minutes. Step away from your computer, turn off your phone, turn off the TV, and close your door. Take a little time to close your eyes and do absolutely nothing. If you’d prefer to meditate, then do that. I like to take a brisk walk around the building at work or take a 15-minute stroll through my neighborhood trail if I’m at home. When I return, I’m focused, refreshed, and ready to check off a few more boxes.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~Romans 12:2
Taking time for yourself isn’t a selfish thing; it’s a necessary thing. As the saying goes, You can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re exhausted or feeling depleted, then you can’t serve anyone’s purpose — not yours and certainly not God’s. Make yourself a priority today. If that means taking a day off to lounge and watch movies, then do that. If you can’t take a whole day, take a half day to do whatever you like or nothing at all.
We have foolishly bought into this myth that we can somehow get caught up. As soon as you think you’re caught up, you find that there’s plenty more to do. So instead of getting overwhelmed by the number of tasks undone, take a respite. You can afford to take a 15-minute break. Actually, you can’t afford not to. Make self care a healthy habit by making time for yourself today. Scroll down to the comments, and share one thing that you will do differently today to take care of yourself. I think I’ll get a pedicure.
May blessings abound! <3
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