Taking a break

Think taking a break is wasting time? Not necessarily…

This year I’ve taken the time to breathe a little bit more than I have in the past few years. Responsibilities to work, organizations, and projects take so much attention and often feel like the most important thing at any given time.  I can’t let anyone down!

But, while am I so worried about letting others down, I end up letting the most important people down. Namely taking one-on-one time to reconnect with my husband when he’s actually home. Or what about just taking care of myself?

Sometimes you HAVE to take a break to realize doing so isn’t “wasting time.” It can be, instead, the most precious and important time you spend all week. (Cue “Cat’s In The Cradle” right about now?)

I would not deny that my husband and I probably eat out way more than we should. We could save money eating at home, sure. But its when we go out to eat that we sit across from each other and talk. If I cook at home, we inevitably sit in front of the TV and watch it instead. Then we clear the plates away and dive into our computers. Are we getting things done? Yes. Is it important stuff? Yes. Are we connecting? Not really.

So I’d rather “waste money” and “waste time” traveling to and from a restaurant to sit for an hour to talk without interruption. To catch up. The check in with each other.

We all have responsibilities. Work makes sure the bills are paid. Organizations are so important to so many of us. We need to finish this next big project. But its okay to take a moment, look around, and remember WHY you do everything you do. Don’t forget to take a break for a few minutes today. You just might end up feeling more motivated.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Bertrand Russell