Laundry. Dinner. Taxes. Walk the dog. Write the SPM manual. Send article revisions to editor. Musician’s practice. Call friends. Gift for Tina. Return broken cell phone. Balance check book. Deliver clothes to Salvation Army. Sort boxes in garage. Take Abbey for a walk. And the list goes on and on.
Maybe it’s just me, but glancing at my “to do” list can become seriously overwhelming. Often, a sneaky desire creeps inside to grab my husband and dog, jump into the car, speed down the highway and create a new life with nothing but the clothes we have on and the change in our pockets. Have you ever felt the need to escape?
Several years ago, I found myself in a place completely overwhelmed with life and devastated by my tremendous lack of life fulfillment. I found myself so swamped doing really time-consuming, necessary tasks that completely denied my own interests and passions.
At one particular breaking point, my amazing husband began to urge me to take some time away, and I responded with the usual banter of I-can’t.-There-is-no-way.-Not-an-option. Sensing that freeing myself for one day wasn’t a reality in my mind, he quietly handed me a cd.
“Here,” he said. “At work today, just listen to one song. One.”
“What are you talking about?” I quickly retorted.
“Listen to one song. It’s like a vacation in the middle of your day. A mini vacation. A three-minute vacation.”
He was absolutely right.
Now as I walk through my day, I’ve learned that while I can’t always escape life, I can step back, breathe deeply, crank up the iPod, close my eyes, sink into a world all my own and take a 3 minute vacation.