Happy Friday, Team!
Here we are at the end of another week, and it has been a week. I pray you have had an enjoyable week. I am looking forward to this weekend. The last several weeks have been hectic, and I want just one weekend to relax. Although Saturday will also be busy, a day will come soon when I can rest and enjoy myself.
Over the next several months, my intention will be to carve out time to recalibrate, refocus, and regain control over my schedule. What about you? Have you found yourself in a place where your calendar is managing you rather than you working your schedule? That’s what happens when we aren’t watching; someone fills every nook.
We all need time to ourselves; taking time to rejuvenate should be part of our regular wellness regimen. Many are sick because they run ragged and only stop when a wall stops them from moving. That was me back in 2011. I got sick one month after I retired. My body just shut down, and it took me more than a year to get healthy again. I was working out every day and thought I was eating right, but I still got sick. Do you know what that tells me? Health is more profound than the physical. Good health involves physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Many times, ailments result from stress; that certainty takes a mental and emotional toll, which will ultimately manifest itself physically.
Research shows that people comfortable with alone time experience increased happiness, better stress management, and greater life satisfaction. So, wherever you are on the continuum, know your limits. Learn when to pull back, take a break, and recalibrate. You deserve a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Remember, Jesus, pulled away from the crowds to be alone. Mark 6:31-32 reminds us not to overpack our schedules and to take some quiet time to be alone with God. “Jesus said to His disciples, come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. ‘So they went away alone in a boat to a solitary place.”
Where do you find yourself today? Do you need time to yourself so you can think? I’ve been there. Steal away.
God bless you this Friday and may your weekend be filled with peace.