Since June 2018, I have been posting here daily, which translated into my daily writing habit. Every day, despite snow, rain, heat, or the gloom of night, nothing stayed my pen from completing my daily task. So, when an unexpected opportunity came my way to disconnect, unplug every device, and disappear into the vast unknown for two weeks, I hesitated. Until a dear friend reminded me that unbreakable habits prevent us from experiencing the joy of being spontaneous, carefree, surprised, and inspired.
Upon hearing those words, Mistress Muse kicked me in the butt, demanded I pack my bags and leave immediately. She is rather bossy, you know. I followed her orders. The internet connection was sporadic, emails went unanswered, and calls slipped into voicemail without my knowledge. I ate when I was hungry, slept when I felt tired, and followed a rhythmic existence that bore no resemblance to my everyday life.
I took walks, listened to birds, and rediscovered the quiet voice the world too often prevents us from hearing. The road altered my perspective, strengthened my resolve, and supported the creation of different thought processes. I emerged rested, calm, centered, but also invigorated, and ready to face new challenges.
Who knew I needed a hard reset? Mistress Muse is making faces at me, and she insists I deliver a detailed debriefing posthaste. We are back, and I have a funny feeling she will ensure I am extremely productive in the coming weeks and months.
Have you ever taken an extended break?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer