This weekend I am unplugging from technology and taking a break to get away. I find myself on either an iPhone or iPad or laptop or TV most of my day whether for work or to combat boredom. I think it way too often gets in the way of life and what matters. So for the next few days I will be off the grid. I will be working on setting goals and writing as I look to what’s next in my life, all that I hope and dream for myself and those around me.
Until next time,
Typically each week, I go to a Bible study with some friends. We eat good food, catch up on the latest and spend some time reading scripture discussing what we think it means and how we apply it to life. I enjoy it most because I get to see my friends. It also helps me to evaluate where I am in my spirituality and constantly question why I believe the way I do,
The study starts at 7pm and while we try to end it by 9:30pm, most weeks I end up staying until 10 or 10:30pm. I finished work at 5:30pm and stayed to do some planning with my boss until 6:45pm. It was a long work day. On top of that I have been out of town the last two weekends and am leaving again tomorrow, so I am in need of some rest. So when it came time to leave for Bible study I decided to stay put in my apartment.
I always seem to feel a little guilty when I don’t go to things or choose to say no to someone’s invitation. I like to help people and I hate letting them down. I think this is something a lot of people, particularly the women I know, struggle with, this guilty conscious complex.
We have to take care of ourselves and do what’s best for us in order to reach a place where we can help and take care of others.
When I lack sleep or do not take time for myself to process through the latest life happenings, then I get cranky and begin to feel apathetic towards people and daily activities. Designating time where I can relax and binge on the latest Netflix series or read Harry Potter for the billionth time is important in keeping my sanity.
We all need a break.
We cannot do everything all the time.
We cannot be everybody’s everything.
And that’s OK.
SO tonight I will be watching several episodes of Scandal. I will cook a nutritious and delicious meal for myself. I will pack tonight instead of procrastinating and causing unnecessary stress in the morning. I will grade papers so I will not have to work this weekend.
And I will savor every minute of it!
Cause it’s ok to take a night off.
This weekend I spent some time with my amazingly encouraging uncle. I would say, out of all my family members, I best relate to him. We are both the youngest children, have an artistic side with a flair for the dramatics and are read like an open book. So when he speaks, I typically listen.
He knows how much I love music, so he spent the weekend reinforcing my passion and talent. When I was in college, I devoted a lot of time to practicing and writing music. Since entering the real world, my energy is spent in a million other places.
Every now and then we need a good kick in the butt to invest time into what we know is good for our heart and soul. When I play music, I feel happy. Writing helps me to process through my thoughts and emotions. Good music and lyrics inspire me and create an atmosphere for creativity in life.
My excuse for the last year, when I wrote my last song, has been that I have lacked inspiration. I think the real reason I haven’t written anything new is more simple, I haven’t tried. I have chosen to watch TV or participate in some other mind-numbing activity, which add no value to my life. Sure, it is nice to relax and catch up on the latest episode of Scandal, but when you go on Netflix binges each week it becomes a distraction and sometimes a method of avoidance when we don’t want to deal with something or someone.
It is amazing how easily we are distracted from the habits and actions that are the most rewarding and life-giving, whether it is working out and eating well, doing yoga and meditating, taking road trips or unplugging from technology. We spend so much energy developing these practices only to let them fall by the wayside when a road block or detour comes along. "I’ll get to it tomorrow."
So my friends…
What passions have you been sidetracked from?
What is getting in your way?
In life, it is hard to find balance, and moments of peace can sometimes be few and far between. If you have something that helps bring joy to your day than invest the time and energy.
It is worth it.
You are worth it.
Until next time,
Music makes the heart happy.