Life has been a little hectic lately. Sometimes I feel like I can't catch a break. I mean things are good, don't get me wrong, but I'm realizing the importance of making it a priority to set aside time to just sit down, put my phone away and do nothing.
Every so often I have to force myself to relax. Sounds ridiculous, now that I say it, but I do. I like to be busy. I like a fully planned day, it feels productive to me. If I have two hours with nothing to do, I try to FIND something to do.
But I'm learning to do nothing.
Once a week I go out for breakfast by myself, bring a book, and just enjoy the simplicity of bacon, eggs and a good mystery story. I don't check my phone. I don't make a to do list. I don't respond to emails. I don't keep track of time. I just sit and relax.
And I leave recharged.
That's all it takes for me. It's really quite simple.
"Simplicity is not about deprivation. Simplicity is about greater appreciation for things that really matter."
Think back to a moment where you experienced true beauty. What was it? A quiet walk through a forest where the only thing you heard was the sound of the leaves crunching underneath your feet. Maybe you're sitting in a cafe window, it's raining and you're watching the rain fall while sipping a coffee. Perhaps it's a heartfelt conversation with a close friend; it's genuine, it's honest, it's engaging, and you leave feeling inspired and encouraged.
That, to me, is simplicity. It's what I strive to find in my workweek. It's recharging, it's important, and it's necessary to sustain.
It also spawns gratitude. It makes me more grateful. I look for things to be thankful for and I find them everywhere. And my day becomes a little more enjoyable.