I took a sabbatical yesterday. I took a day to regroup and clear my mind. I took a lovingME day just to be with myself and do nothing. By doing nothing, I do not mean curl up in a little ball in bed do nothing, although if that is what was required I am in no way judging that. I just now realize that it is okay to simply step off and I do not have any need to be ill in any way now to do this proactively.
I took the day to slow down even further and to reflect, check in with myself and enjoy nature. I realize that the traditional definition in the academic world is a sabbatical lasting months or even years. I took a day. It was perfect.
We tend to work hard and play hard. We tend to have so much on our minds and so many problems we are solving and things we are doing that we get lost in the process. We lose a little of ourselves each day because as we go full blast at success, we can forget ourselves. We forget who we are and why we are doing this.
I absolutely love my job. I am very blessed to work for an organization that aligns with my values where I am treated with love and respect and vice versa. It was my choice to have this and so I do. But I still take time to go inside and be still enough to listen to what my body, mind and spirit are telling me. About everything, not just work. I return to work on Monday, clearer, fuller, whole and more focused than before. Priceless.