I had a specific topic in mind I wanted to talk about this week, yet as I was running this morning what kept popping in my mind was to talk about what happened this weekend, or better yet what didn’t happen. Our weekend was a simple reminder for me about being in faith and trusting the process. I spoke about faith last week and you can watch the video here. Being in faith means trusting the process; trusting that you are always in the right place at the right time, doing the exactly the right thing. And so I was reminded of a basic piece of this on Saturday; to just trust and have faith in the process.
As a family last week was a full one. Lots of commitments, late nights, early mornings and fully engaged brains. By Friday night I was exhausted. All I wanted to do was to curl up on the couch and watch Netflix. And I did! For several hours.
Even as I woke up Saturday morning I could still feel the tiredness in my eyes and in my head. I got up with our cats, fed them, made coffee and got back in bed with a couple of books and my laptop, in case I might want to watch more Netflix. The morning unfolded slowly and by noonish I was ready for a nap. I napped for an hour, caught up with my husband and watched more Netflix. I didn’t get out of my jammies until 4:30 that afternoon, only because I had to make a run to the store. Although I did have a two easy commitments Saturday night. One to drop off my son for an activity and the second to find a spot to watch basketball with my husband. That was the extent of my fabtabulous day.
Sunday came and I woke to a renewed sense of energy. My brain was clear and I noticed the clarity with which creative ideas were coming to me. My body was also energized and ready to get busy.
Allowing the previous day to unfold just as it did was a big reminder for me to give permission to days like Saturday to happen. They seldom do. Too often I want to push ahead, ignore the tired body and tired mind, drink a little extra coffee, tell myself there are a million other things I should be doing, guilt myself into getting up. Why is it so hard for us to let go of the doing and embrace the being?! There is such an unspoken pressure to always be doing rather than being. And it’s most likely we weren’t taught the act of being. Being instead of doing goes against our nature. It’s a skill we have to learn. You can even take the act of being a step further and teach yourself to just sit. Sit without having any agenda other than being. I know first hand how challenging this is. It’s a practice I invite you to try. Be curious at how long you can sit still without getting up or starting to make mental lists. It might almost be comical at how fast you want to get up.
I almost didn’t write this piece because the thought of taking the day off and staying in my pj’s seems so simple, yet under the surface so many things happened. I found out how much the mind and body really do need a break and the body will let us know when it’s time. I remembered how important it is to be and to allow ourselves an unscheduled day off. It’s up to us to have faith and follow the clues. Taking a day like I had on Saturday is underrated. It was such re-charger for me.
Watch the video on this topic here