Offering Luminaries A Place to Cultivate
Enjoy A Little Peace & Ease
While on Your Journey to Become
Who You are Meant to Be....
I must admit, I like cleaning, actually not the act of cleaning but the renewal of an area. I had the house to myself for a few days, it happens once a year and I treasure being on my own schedule. I had special plans which included mostly sitting outside in my beautiful backyard with my red umbrella, books, and zero gravity chair. The universe had a different idea— It has rained now for three straight days and my yard is waterlogged and its cold.
I spent the first of these days just chilling, watching Netflix and napping. It was wonderful— I embraced my downtime. But two days in I could not take it any longer I was beginning to feel uncomfortable with what felt like unproductive time.
What I found interesting was I think about pure unadulterated downtime—- daily. I fantasize about it. I covet my Sunday afternoon sitting on my bed playing music until dinner duty calls me away from bliss.
Here in this moment, I found myself with tons of time and I did not feel like myself. I had to start creating something, even if that something was a super clean kitchen.
My mental transformation started on my way to grab some breakfast- I thought about how I imagine not having to go to work. Dreaming of having a bank account so large that I could do what I want when I want. It always is a nice escape fantasy. Yet, here today I was able to sample what the “not working” experience might feel like and instead of bliss I felt lost.
Not for the reasons that you might think— I am not addicted to work or the office. Rather I sensed the disconnection from feeling like I was offering something important.
Being alone, I did not have to censor my music volume. I cranked up the album by the Braves and danced an entire afternoon in my kitchen. Singing at the top of my lungs, pulling out my oven and cleaning the hidden places we often don’t like to speak of. I had a great time. What occurred to me as I enjoyed spending time on a necessary task that ends in an accomplishment.
I am beginning to understand that I am designed in a way that I cannot not work in some capacity. I find this a sobering realization. The fact of the matter- is I feel connected to myself when I create and I use the word “create” with some trepidation. I have not really considered myself a creative and it has only just been recently that I am exploring what creation looks and feels like.
Although I may not create a song from thin air and risk rejection by the world. I do create opportunities through the privilege of my work that benefits others.
So maybe I am a creative after all. In the end, it might not all be about stopping the “work” rather noticing how work allows me to offer myself in ways that I feel connected to the greater good.
Perhaps, I need to start taking those mini dance breaks in my office next time I feel disconnected. I thank the members of the Braves- for their ability to write songs and create the space for me to recognize the gift is in the creating and that can look like a million and one things all at once.
Your Moment to Connect with Tranquility
Take a few minutes and think about where in your work life you feel like you offer something that matters to the greater good. It can be small- sometimes the small stuff have the biggest impact.
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