No person can be “on” all the time. Whether you’re a college student, a parent of young children, or a work-a-holic, a person must take some time to replenish themselves. Life, in all of its wonder and aggravation takes a toll that must be paid. Aside from adequate nutrition and rest, the mind and spirit need time to recharge.
I’m the mother of two small and very active little boys. From the second their eyes pop open in the morning until the last one closes at night, there is very little “down time.” It took me a while to realize I had to carve out some time for myself. For some, that time may be at the end of the day. In the evenings I hear the call of all the “I shoulds.” I should be writing an article, I should be prepping this for tomorrow, I should… I should… I should. I take my time in the morning, while the house is still quiet, a cup of coffee and silence.
Each day is filled with a hundred details, what to eat, what to wear, where will I find the money to pay for it all, and where on earth did I put my keys? Perspective is easily lost. Life is hectic, but it won’t grind to screeching a halt by setting aside a few minutes each day for reflection and thanksgiving. Learning to find even a few minutes peace takes practice, but the overall effect may be priceless.