Right this moment are you 1) Frantically trying to do at least two things at once? (And yes, yelling at the children or the dog does count as one.) 2) Leisurely planning a leisurely day? 3) Wondering who those lazy people who said yes to #2 think they are? 4) Trying to remember the meaning of the word leisure.
My friends, we have a problem. It’s summer, the typical time to relax and enjoy the fruits of a long, hard year. A chance to play with the children, watch concerts in the park, enjoy family reunions with relatives from far and near.
And yet. . . and yet. . . if you haven’t been taking the occasional breath all year, contemplating snowmen and spring wildflowers, staring out the window for a portion of your day with nothing else on your agenda, you may be in my boat. . .
I’ve forgotten how to relax.
Yes, that’s right. I’m at Chautauqua Institution, in gorgeous Western New York, and I’m still running around trying to accomplish three things at once and wondering why that’s impossible. I’m still piling up things to do, feeling guilty about the things I haven’t added to the list and trying not to snap at the people around me.
And why? Because, it’s the first week of vacation. By next week, I’ll get up late, smile a lot, stop making lists while Nemo and I go for our 3 mile morning walk, forget to show up for programs and better yet, be happy I did.
Recharging our personal batteries is essential for productivity. Try to forget this step and everything grinds to a halt. Eventually we run down, wear out, find ourselves on the scrap heap of life. Or sometimes, like a two year old who’s been overstimulated, we just keep going and going until we fall to the floor, for what looks like no good reason, screaming and kicking.
I’ve come to the place where I recharge with the least amount of fuss. Most of us have a place like that. It might be down the street at the local coffee shop. It might be on a cruise ship. It might be in our childhood bedroom with Mom downstairs making her famous blueberry muffins. It might be in a beach chair or in a tent on a mountainside.
I bet you know yours, don’t you? I know your answers will vary as widely as my examples. Relaxation, letting go, recharging? It’s all about your state of mind.
In this week of transition, I’ve learned one important thing. I wouldn’t need a week just to remember how to relax if I’d taken more time to recharge through the year. So now, I’ll put that on a list. Note to myself: Relax more. Don’t forget. Plan ahead for it, in fact start planning immediately.
Or maybe, I’ll just go take a nap.