I, too, enjoy being alone very often. With the kids home from school, summers are not my time for refueling. I do the typical Mommy-thing — run kids from one camp to the next: golf, dodgeball, basketball, more golf. This summer, I not only ran them to camps, I decided to teach at one.
While I’ve enjoyed these activities, especially sharing about Trust last week at Peace Village, I have to admit, I’m feeling a bit haggard.
Tomorrow I officially begin to refuel.
This is what refueling looks like to me:
- spa time
- enjoying the company of a wonderful girlfriend (we’re both celebrating something BIG — more on that later!)
- being with nature
- nose tucked in a book
- sipping tea with milk (heavy cream to be exact)
- without my laptop
Ouch! You might think being without my laptop would be easy for me, Ms. Trust and Be and Feel-your-Feelings person that I am. Well, my laptop is always close to me. Always. The decision to leave it at home, and specifically, to not write for my blog for a week, is pretty big stuff for me.
I spoke of Balance in my last post, and knowing exactly where I’m out of balance — it’s in my work. See, my work is my writing, and my writing is my love, so I tend to have a difficult time knowing when to say when. And it’s not just my writing, it’s also reading books that pertain to the topics I write about. I constantly want to learn more, so I can share more, and keep the cycle going…. Because it’s what I love!
But even what we love needs balance. Otherwise we’ll smother it, and in the process, damage what we love.
So I removed all of the Peace/Love/Forgiveness books from my suitcase, and replaced them with good ol’ fiction books I keep waiting to have the time to read. Now I have the time. (Actually, I always have the time, I just choose to focus elsewhere.)
I don’t plan on having a to-do list, but if I did, it might look something like this:
Yes, and maybe also: Breathe. Laugh. Love life.
Whether you have five days for a major refueling session, the weekend, or a day, how do you refuel? Is it time??
I’m off to get started on my non-existent to-do list. See you next week!