Monday Morning Motivations!
Good Monday All! I hope you loved and lived to make a difference this week!
I also hope you had an awesome week sharing and celebrating Mother’s Day with those you love! I had a wonderful Mother’s Day and I am grateful for my sons and all those who regard me as a mother figure. It is an honor!
So, how did your exercise go this week? I have read your comments and it is good to know there are powerful women who continue to change lives. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more. For me, mother’s week turned out to be a week of maternal surprises. I received phone calls from three sensational seniors on three different days. “Sensational Seniors” is the name I have given to the elders of the world. I have always had a special place in my heart for my seniors. Some folks like babies, but I have a soft spot is for “sensational seniors.” They have so much life experience, so many memories, stories, positive mindsets and unique senses of humor. They are so interesting to me. Anyway, these women were either calling to check up on me, or they found out about my new book and website. We were able to catch up and laugh a while. Because of them, I didn’t have to look far for mothers to say thank you to. They seemed to be caught off guard by the surprise appreciation, but I could almost hear them blushing on the phone.
Hopefully most of us had some time to sit back and relax for a bit this past weekend. I am sure many of us would have to admit that yesterday was just as busy as any other day. However, the difference was that the focus of appreciation was on us. I totally get it because parenting, work and everything else on our plate is a full-time, daily responsibility. Even when we have down time, we are busy because our minds never seem to shut off. There is always something to think about, schedule, remember or remind someone else to remember. I recently had a conversation with someone who was preparing to rearrange her life. We got on the topic of her trying to turn her brain off so her mind could relax. She stopped, paused, took a deep breath and said, “Exactly how do I do that?” I gave her a few tools and exercises and she was looking forward to applying them to her life. Some of them worked right away and others would take longer for her to apply.
I understood her dilemma because I have been there many times as I attempted to shift and re-shift all of the things going on in my life. All of our responsibilities can get really overwhelming at times and it is during those times that we have to stop for a moment and take a break. If we don’t, we can keep going until years have passed and we haven’t had any down time. We can also find that we haven’t taken very good care of our bodies or our health, which is not good. That’s why a few weeks ago, I decided to take an impromptu 4-hour micro-sabbatical (time off). A micro-sabbatical is simply taking a break from all of my responsibilities for a few hours. It’s about finding some time for yourself to be alone, listen to your body, relax your mind and celebrate silence. No television, no music, no phone, no emails, no books, no conversations, no nothing. Before I did it, I let everyone know who needed to know that I was going off the grid and disappearing for 4 hours. They all knew where I was and what I was doing, but they also knew that I was not available until my four hours were up.
I know most of us can rationalize our way out of doing this, saying something like, “Sounds like a good idea, but I don’t have time for that.” The truth is we make time do whatever we really want to do or really have to do. We just have to make up our minds to do it. I didn’t necessarily want to do it, but I felt like I needed it because my movements were non-stop and so was my mind. I’m sure when most of us attempt to take “a day to ourselves,” we find that although we are not as busy, our minds and our thoughts are moving all over the place. We’re thinking about what needs to be done, what we could be doing at that very moment and even thinking about the fact that we are thinking about all of these things while we should be having a day off. I can’t be the only one. The good news is, I tested this micro-sabbatical out and it actually worked! During my micro-sabbatical I discovered two awesome things about the exercise and myself. It was liberating and I deserved it!
Exercise: For the rest of the week, purpose to find a half hour or an hour a day to take a micro-sabbatical. All of our lifestyles are so different it would be difficult to give examples as to how to spend your time. Even if you don’t get to accomplish this ever day, achieving it one day out of the week will be worth it. No pressure…your choice. Let me know how you are doing throughout the week and we will reconnect next Monday.
Have a great week… on purpose!
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