Yes, take a break now and then, a break from the hectic pace of life. I’m not talking about an all out vacation, that’s different because a lot of planning and activity usually goes into vacations. I also don’t mean a 15 minute coffee break at work. What I mean is to stop all activity and “must do’s” for long enough to give yourself space to breathe, to think, and to be yourself. How long? You decide.
Our culture is very demanding and it’s starts early on in life. You have to go to school, you have to get good grades, you have to dress like others, think like others, get a car, get a career, get the next latest technology, get a raise or a better job, get more, more, more, so you can go more and do more! It has been referred to as the “Rat Race” because if you’re not careful it can become a lot of mindless running around.
So I am advocating for occasional breaks; unplanned, spontaneous, at your discretion, and completely of your own free will – take a break. It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do during your break, it doesn’t matter how long or short it is, as long as you are able to clear your mind and find peace, tranquility and personal power by valuing yourself. My husband does this through his daily walks, that works for him. I often read a book, play with my cats, or just lay in the grass on a sunny day with my eyes closed.
Sometimes I need to take a break from the computer and writing (that’s why this post is late). Sometimes it’s the housework or endless errands I need a break from. Sometimes I need a break from work, and sometimes (believe it or not) work is my break from other things. For me, the important thing is to not be driven by some system that was created by our collectively perceived needs and wants, but to live intentionally by my own design. Unfortunately, we all have to live in this society as it is and deal with the way it is on a daily basis, which makes it quite difficult to not be sucked into the “Rat Race” or get trampled on. So I pull myself aside now and then to reflect, refuel my energy and reaffirm my intention, and sometimes just to relax.
You can exercise, meditate, do breath-work, sing, dance, play or do nothing at all to take a break as long as it helps you feel your value as an individual apart from any needs or wants. Your personality will determine what type of break works best for you. In that moment aside from the hectic pace of life the only purpose is to experience the beauty, goodness and peace that exists beyond the craziness of this world, and to rediscover or reaffirm what you truly value in life, because that is what will give you the power to keep going, and to create a life of your own design.
Enjoy the breaks, enjoy the life you create.
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Absolutely agreed! My sentiments exactly!
I like your ending paragraph “You can exercise, meditate, do breath-work, sing, dance, play or do nothing at all to take a break as long as it helps you feel your value as an individual apart from any needs or wants. Your personality will determine what type of break works best for you. In that moment aside from the hectic pace of life the only purpose is to experience the beauty, goodness and peace that exists beyond the craziness of this world, and to rediscover or reaffirm what you truly value in life, because that is what will give you the power to keep going, and to create a life of your own design.
Enjoy the breaks, enjoy the life you create.”
Thanx for shaeing this.
For those of us who are employed in situations involving constant and unrelenting deadlines, the practice of taking tiny breaks is especially important. It’s surprising how many difficulties are resolved and how many creative flashes occur when you step away from the keyboard.
I find, too, that allowing an extra five or 10 minutes in my daily commute (of an hour each way) is enough to allow a break somewhere halfway — a few steps into the woods, a stop at a small store, a few photos or even notes put down on paper — enough to add energy to the shift that follows.
Thanks for your comments, they’re very supportive of my point. It’s good to hear about what works for you as others may find these ideas very helpful too.
Thanks for putting it out there. I thought that retiring would really help me to take more breaks on my own terms. But I find myself wanting / needing to do something when I really don’t have anything pressing to do. It takes practice, but I am willing to work at it. Thanks!
I like to stay busy too, but to stay busy on my own terms I need breaks in order to refocus. Sometimes just having a cup of tea is enough.
I can definitely relate to that. Have a Blessed Weekend!
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Well said! Guess some companies are taking notice of this idea: making people take their vacation days ( some are so worried they will lose their jobs if they do) and insisting people turn of company email/phones (YEA for that!)
I haven’t heard about that, but it’s hopeful.
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