The two-week break over Christmas gave me some wonderful time to think about my life-plan, bond with my family and friends, and look ahead to what I want to do better in 2010. And even as I walked back into the office on Monday, I noticed how much more laid back, happy, and inspired people were. Why don’t we do a better job of making rest time a priority?
Here are a few of my biggest takeaways from that time off:
- Making good memories is easy-We didn’t have to take a lavish vacation to make some great memories this year. Almost totally unplugging (there’s always room for improvement) and really focusing on family activities made the time pass too quickly, but offered some great events we’ll cherish for years to come.
- Saying “No” must happen sometimes-It’s easy to get overextended and allow that rat-race pattern to become routine. Breaking away from some of the commitments really frees us up to be creative and at peace.
- We have to stop trying to be like others-This blog is a perfect example. I wasn’t born to keep a blog updated-it’s not my life’s work or passion. I got into it because I saw people I respect doing it and thought I needed to follow their path. But what comes easy for some becomes a burden to others. I’m not going to post every day, or likely every three days. Making peace with that fact has made blogging enjoyable again. There are areas in each of our lives where we must manage our own expectations and do what feeds our own souls.
- If we don’t like our lives, it’s our job to change it-Being passionate about our work, crazy about the people we are around, and happy with how we spend our downtime is our responsibility. The Lord gave us a chance at eternal life, and the Bible gives us a great tool for navigation. But no person, job, friend, or gadget will make the grass greener. If life’s not going according to plan, we have to change it.
- Things don’t have to be perfect-Sounds simple, but some of us struggle with perfectionism. Keeping a perfect house has become less important to me than making sure there’s quality family time. And by reminding myself of these five points even now, I can truly appreciate the life I have. It’s messy sometimes, but I’d have it no other way.
What revelations have come to you when you step out of the fast lane?