My wife and I both had this last week off from work together. Although we usually use time off as an opportunity to do some traveling, this week we decided to stay in town and do some work around the house and enjoy spending time together. We have had a relaxing week and a great time being together.
While it was fun to wake up each day with nothing specific planned, I though how boring life would be if I woke up EVERY day without having a plan or purpose for the day. I think we’re at our best when we have a purpose or a contribution we want to make in the world. At some point, a focus only on our own needs begins to feel hollow, leaving us bored and disconnected with the rest of the world. At least it does for me.
Just to be clear, I think it is extremely important to regularly step back from our busy schedules and take time to slow down, relax, and recharge. This is a great way to get reconnected with those around us and to examine how we’re spending our days, to ensure we’re still in alignment with our goals and passions. It is also a great way to ensure that we’re being intentional with our days; and with our lives.
We’ve all been blessed with time, skills and talents. It’s important to make sure we’re not just using them, along with our time, strictly for our own benefit, but to share them with others. This not only helps those we share them with, it also gives us a feeling of purpose and contribution.