Even though today is Sunday, last night, I set my alarm before going to bed. I had people to see, places to go, and things to do. Then, I woke up.
From the moment I was roused from my slumber, I just wanted to pull the covers over my head and hide from the plans I made last night and from the rest of the world. I did not want to see people, go places, or do things. I did not want to do anything.
I crawled out of bed and began my morning routine, hoping that once I got going, the momentum would kick in. It didn’t. No matter what I did, no matter what I said to myself, and no matter what my To Do List dictated, I just couldn’t do it. Or more accurately, I just didn’t want to do it. So, I didn’t.
After a prolonged period of berating myself for not decimating my To Do List and for not doing more on my day off, I finally decided to take the day off from most people, places, and things. What a novel idea it is to actually take the day off on my actual day off!
I put aside my list of things to do, except for what I absolutely had to get done today, such as paying bills, catching up on laundry, and getting ready for garbage pick up tomorrow. Instead of taking care of things on a list, I took care of myself. I indulged in reading a book that has been waiting for me to pick it back up for far too long. I spent time writing in my journal, which left me in tears, as I processed the personal and professional uncertainties that presented themselves this week. I pampered myself with my favorite mud mask and a hot shower. I savored hot green tea and a bowl of delicious fresh fruit. I laughed at the antics of our two adorable cats and watched some mindless, yet entertaining, television shows, as I awaited the football playoffs to begin.
I have not done much of anything at all, and it has done more for me than anything else I could have or should have done. It reminded me that sometimes we all need to really and truly take the day off, instead of filling it with errands and chores. We don’t need an excuse to do so. We only need to give ourselves permission.
Tomorrow is not a day off, and my To Do List is waiting in the wings. But not today. Today is my day off.
That’s another story . . .
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