I’ve got a lot of free time on my hands right now, and the thing I’m starting to discover is how hard it is to get things done. When I have a full day free of commitments, I manage to get pretty much nothing accomplished beyond brushing my teeth.
I’m not even kidding.
This morning, I spent over an hour just watching animal videos on Facebook. (If you love cute animal videos and stories I HIGHLY recommend The Dodo. I cry over something at least once a day it can be so stinking cute.)
Anyway – when there’s a lot of time to get things done, it feels like nothing gets done. Yet at the end of the day I’m walking around my apartment thinking about how I never have the time to accomplish these tasks.
I’ve been planning to mop the floors for 3 days now. My floors still haven’t been mopped. With luck, they may be mopped by the New Year.
In all of this free time though, I’ve managed to keep myself busy. I’ve relearned how to entertain myself. I’m discovering and rediscovering things that used to bring a lot of joy into my life that I stopped doing as I got older and busier.
Instead of mopping, I’ve read through magazines and started in on a couple of books. I’ve spent tons of time investing myself in my friends and family. Not to mention I’ve also probably wanted a full days worth of cute animal videos online.
All of this is to say, I started to feel really guilty this afternoon when I looked around and realized I spent 3 hours in bed rather than accomplishing the chores on my list. I felt bad about taking the time to have some quality R&R.
I might not have accomplished my chores, but I accomplished something far more important – I managed to give myself a break.
Self care is so stinkin’ important, and I cannot express to you how valuable it has been to me these past few weeks.
Mopping your floors can wait, and so can the thousand other things you told yourself you need to do today. Stretch out on the couch, take some extra time to call your mom, and spend a couple extra minutes with Jesus.
You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment – Ecclesiastes 11:9