I’m sitting on the couch, reading a magazine. I’m not accomplishing anything.
There are definitely things I “should” be doing. I should be getting some work done. I should be following up with clients and potential clients. I should be building my social media platform. I should be writing a blog post – the post that’s supposed to post in under two hours.
But I’m sipping my tea, thumbing through the pages, getting nothing done.
I walked into town this afternoon to run a few quick errands. Deposit check at bank? Check. Mail manuscript off? Check. Buy a sympathy card? Check. Pick up a loaf of bread? Check. I was doing everything I needed to do (except for maybe the work and building my platform and writing my post).
But I was dragging. Sure it’s cold out and I pretty much hate the cold. I had thought the walk would invigorate me and brighten my mood, and it did. But I was still dragging.
It took me a few long minutes to figure out that I was dragging because I was tired. Over the holidays I had promised my brother that I would keep my slower, easier pace, and in many ways I have, but as I headed to town I realized that I was drained, and that I needed to go even easier. Even slower.
As soon as I got home I made myself a cup of tea. I grabbed a magazine that could offer very little positive outcome other than enjoyment. And I headed for the couch. I let myself sit for fifteen minutes or so, just reading and enjoying and accomplishing nothing. Not crossing anything off of my to-do list. Not getting anything done.
A smile crept back onto my face. My breath slowed and deepened. My heart lifted as thoughts of the people I love seemed to plop next to me on the couch.
I took my fifteen minutes and I let them soothe and refuel me. I gave myself decadent, selfish, just-for-me time.
Then I was ready to write my blog post.
What gets you to slow down? Why is it so hard for us to slow down?
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