Some Days Are About Reflection

February 7, 2010 by  
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I did something yesterday that I haven’t done in a long time; nothing.  I didn’t write, or work, or clean or organize.  I watched movies, played with my dogs, cooked a nice meal and saw friends at night.  But at the end of the day I had to wrestle with the idea I had wasted a day.  My mind and my heart had an argument.  My heart kept saying: “What is this thing about wasting a day?  Did you have fun?  Did you relax?  Isn’t that what it’s all supposed to be about?  My mind kept saying: “What will you have to show for today, tomorrow?”  “All that you had to do is still there waiting for you”.

We live in a world that makes us feel that unless we are producing we are wasting our time.  And simply relaxing and enjoying ourselves falls in the category of wasting time.  But how often are we burned out?  How often do we get physically and emotionally tired because we just keep going?

We all know what it feels like to be physically tired but emotionally tired can be a little bit trickier.  We might attribute our feelings to depression or frustration without ever realizing that sometimes we just need to take a break.

Creativity needs room to grow and expand and a busy mind is often cluttered.  Always going from task to task gives us the impression of being productive but in truth we are compromising quality.

Time and a relaxed mind allows us to notice and appreciate things that otherwise might go unnoticed.  Usually they are things that could feed our hearts on a daily basis and actually affect our quality of life; a smile, a conversation, a smell, an animal, the sun.

Change makes us uncomfortable but that is when the mind, having decided on the right path, tells the heart to quiet down that it is all okay.

Giving ourselves the space to reflect lets us know how we truly are feeling and what is important for us.

So that is what I’m doing these days.  I’m slowing down and teaching myself to relax.  It’s a tough undertaking but one with great rewards.

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