Make time for you - it's important!
It's a beautiful, sunny, Sunday morning here in western Sydney. In the near distance from the front of my house, there are the Scenic Hills. Trees, fields and cows, all within my view. In fact directly in front of me there is an old farmers house. It is a "Heritage Property". Surrounding it is a small field with three cows in it at the moment. They walk idly around, just doing what cows do! The land is looking particularly splendid to me at the moment as we've had more rain in the past week than in the previous six months. The grass is green meaning food for many a creature - including "my cows" across the road.
Shortly I am heading off for a walk with my two, furry boys. They are looking at me as though something is wrong. Although it is 7 am here in Sydney, I've been up and about since 5 am and they haven't been walked yet. They are sitting patiently at my feet. They know I'm running late and should have left an hour ago. Meanwhile, I've been listening to the birds waking up and seeing another day appear as if by magic, a couple of things often taken for granted. I've also spent some time on WA, which I don't usually do 'till later. We have a park near us with trees, playing fields and a dog leash free area. Heaven for my four legged friends. And it serves me quite well too!
Apart from my pets, I am here on my own at the moment. This is my time. Everday I find time for me. When I go for my walk I'll see all the wild birds having breakfast. People will be waking up and getting out with their dogs and we'll have a bit of a yarn in passing each other. I'll take my ipod as I do everyday, and listen to an uplifting speech, affirmations or perhaps some piano music to "fill my soul."
Then begins the part of the day when life gets busy. My son will be home later and peace and quiet as I know it will end. Instead, it will be replaced with a new joy. That of seeing him after two days, and hearing his news. I'll be reminded yet again, of a mothers love.
I'm a morning person, and I love this time of day. For others, it may be the afternoon or evening. Regardless, make time for you and to do something that you love. Taking time out to appreciate being you is necessary to refresh your body and clear your mind. Think of it as recharging your batteries. You have to put back into you what comes out. Otherwise you'll get burnt out and stressed. Obviously this is no good for you personally or professionally. Illness has meant I don't take anything for granted. There is indeed pleasure and gratitude to be found in so many everyday actions.
What are your thoughts and how do you make time for you?