Occasionally, you need to sit, put your feet up, pat yourself on the back, and offer yourself hearty congratulations on a job well done. Your time has arrived to acknowledge your achievements, appreciate the hurdles you have overcome, the milestones you hit, and say to yourself, “Damn, see what I did.” They have taught us not to express overt pride in our work. Best to appear humble, right? But is that the best strategy? What is wrong with a pure delight, a springing pep in your step, pumping your ego, and boosting your self-confidence when you have completed something you weren’t sure you could do?
Life is short. Do the unexpected. Pour a glass of champagne, draw a warm soaking bath, and luxuriate in the decadence of doing nothing. When you take a timeout, stop being hyper-productive, engaged, on task, and busy, what you notice might surprise you. Now that you are alone with your thoughts, where does your mind transport you? Perhaps you observe a cardinal outside your window, the color of the sky, the sweet-smelling air, or the breeze touching your skin. Do your loved ones appear in a fresh light? Does your perspective shift?
The calm moments carved from overbooked schedules for nothing, reveal massive amounts of information. They fuel my passion, set my next course of action, provide clarity that often gets lost in the daily onslaught of perpetual motion and endless opinions. I let the universe find me instead of striving for a slice of success, and generally, I discover my reward.
How will you spend your Sunday?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer