There’s been a lot of heavy breathing around the Marantz household lately. And no, not like that. See, I’m talking about….sighing.
sigh: v. 1. To exhale audibly in a long deep breath, as in weariness.
syn: cry, complain, exhale, gasp, grieve, groan, howl, lament, moan, murmur, respire, roar, sob, sough, suspire, wheeze, whisper, whine.
To sigh. Le sigh. Ohhhhhh sigh.
And we’ve been doing a lot of it lately. I’m doing it. Justin’s doing it. Heck, even Julia’s doing it. And we knew things were really getting bad when Cooper started doing it.
See we’re a work hard, play hard kind of bunch. But the problem is, at the end of July (ok, can we just talk bout how the HECK did that happen) right smack dab in the middle of our busy season…..there’s been a whole LOTTA work and no discernable amount of play.
And it’s got us sighing. Exhaling audibly in long deep breaths, as in weariness.
Because here’s what happens when you’re all work, and no rest. Ready? Little things get you. They pile up on one another, so that even the smallest thing might be the straw that breaks your back. Because see, you’re already carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. So every email, phone call, and tiniest request seems like the last straw. Every to-do on your list, a hurdle you will never overcome. You take to eye rolling, and hunching your shoulders all the way up to your earlobes.
And you sigh.
Because that’s what we do. And then we work on…because who has time for rest. Right? We’re already drowning in work, and we’re supposed to stop working? We work 24 hours a day with work still to be done, and we’re supposed to somehow take an hour off? Nevermind, a day??
Well….simply put. Yes.
See, I was reading from my favorite book, Simple Abundance, this morning and this particular passage was calling to me. And I wanted to share it with all of you:
“Those of us who don’t spend regular time alone to rest and recoup are likely to suffer “privacy deprivation syndrome.” Symptoms include increasing resentment, mood swings, chronic fatigue, and depression. Sound familiar? Sound grim? It is! Sufferers struggle through their days in a vacuum of unfulfilled exasperation, only to drop into bed too emotionally depleted to sleep well at night. The littlest thing can set them off, bringing tears and tantrums…and not only from the children in the family!! Soon work and personal relationships begin to suffer. Why? Because the never-refreshed are really not that much fun to be around.”
Sound familiar? I know it does to me! And I know it does to a lot of us right now. The irony about taking time to rest when you have a lot of work to do, is that you actually end up getting more work done. Because you come back more focused, recharged, efficient. You can tackle jobs for the jobs that they are, rather than wasting a lot of time being overwhelmed by them. But when the pressure is on and the work is piling up, we just want to put our heads down and dig in…even if all the while, we’re digging in the wrong direction.
So today, on a Monday when most of the world is supposed to be working its hardest, I want to challenge you to find even an hour for yourself to take off and rest. Two, if you’re up for it! Quiet your mind, do something you love, make the time you always wish you had.
Because it just might be the best “work” you ever do.