The last two weeks touring three states with the Whose Shoes? communication tool created by my friend Gill Phillips of Nutshell Communications saw us much too busy most of the time to do more than sleep, and then not for long enough. Along the way, in part due to two very quirky senses of humour together in one room, and in part due to hysterical tiredness, we would fall about laughing, often at very little. It was our way of relaxing without taking a bucket and spade and going to the beach.
One day the home phone rang when we were working in my home, and after I ignored it, we started talking about being too busy. It took me years to Master this, but I can now easily let the phones ring out and ignore messages. I also eventually taught myself to say no to requests from others to do things. Often they seemed very important things, but sometimes it is more important to acknowledge you are too busy, and politely say No. And mean it. It also means tuning out from Social Media, yes, you too Mrs Phillips!!
Sometimes you might have ‘time’, but that time is needed to relax or spend time with your husband or kids, or friends. Maybe you need time to read, or think, or plan for things in your own life, work or home. Work is not as important as we get tricked into thinking it is. I live in a non-betting family (long story for a Tuesday) but would almost bet no-one on their death-bed wishes they spent more time at work! Everyone I have ever spent time with dying wishes they spent more time with their loved ones, and more time relaxing and exploring ‘their’ world, whatever that means to each individual.
So I implore you to find time to relax, for yourselves and your loved ones, and to be kind to yourself and to everyone you meet; you never know what type of battle they might be facing. In perfect harmony as always, here is a beautiful quote for us all today;
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Sydney J. Harris