“[T0day] is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.” — Emerson
By Sunday night, the glow of the weekend begins to fade and the anticipation of another week begins. Stomachs get tight, hands begin to rub temples and the list of all that needs to be done begins to grow into an unwieldy paper dragon flying around in your head wreaking all sorts of havoc on those synapses which had fired so calmly for two days.
I admit, I obsess – more often than not about the things I ‘should’ be doing with little regard for anything that I already did. It doesn’t make for many internal feel-goods, I must say. More importantly though I make myself crazy (with a nod to the reality that I’m already a garden-variety nut). When I was working full-time this was just an accepted form of doing business. Everyone had lists that seemed to procreate at night, so the next morning there were even more items than when you left. A year later, I’m still a work-in-progress. Learning to align what is important to me with that which really has to happen is a tough assignment. And it’s one we all have to assimilate at one point or another or we’re denying ourselves the one thing we know we have – right now. Now, don’t dismiss me with the thought that I have no idea what’s on your plate, the pressure you’re under, how hard you have to drive yourself. Not true – I do know. I also know that you are far more important than anything you’ve got going on today. And if you don’t at least try to take a bit of care of yourself today, at some point you won’t need to consider tomorrow.
So if you’d be so kind as to put one thing on your list this morning – and place it first. YOU. Find a little space today for you. Close your office door for ten minutes (if you have a door). Stay off of email for a few minutes and stretch your legs. Let the call go to voice mail. Not for so long that you begin to sweat and itch. Just long enough to let your body catch up with your mind. Long enough to close your eyes and smile with the delight that for ten little minutes you were unencumbered.
Happy Monday everybody..