A Day to Myself

green lightLast week, when I said to a colleague, “see you Tuesday,” she replied, “where are you going?”  It was as if simply to enjoy where I live or rest or quietly take care of house and garden was not within the range of possibility.  Is it that I am somehow not worthy if I have not planned to do something I could talk about when I returned to the office?  Or is it that pervasive societal sense that happiness lies only in finding new and more experience?

I think that it is important to have episodic time away from doing.  I used to get sick when I’d been running around non-stop with work and errands and exploration, etc.  Now I try to take some quiet time at decent intervals.  It does not need to be a full day.  Just a couple of solid hours without engaging in a planned activity every couple of weeks makes all the difference in my mood, my health, and the quality of my work.

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2 Comments

  1. Dan

    Love the photo (which makes me want to have time away from doing). Where did you take it?

  2. admin (Post author)

    Thanks Dan–
    On Capitol Hill, a block west of Eastern Market and six blocks east of the Capitol. I love my neighborhood. I think you usually visit in the Spring or Summer. Fall, too, is as spectacular as Spring in its own way.
    E

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