This morning, I felt like sleeping in and not showing up for work. But I had to show up and I did. I logged onto the our weekly conference call to hear the latest updates and assignments for the week.
Something Wonderful Happened…
Our boss decided to give us a day off in honor of Columbus Day. Our entire team woo hoo-ed and got off the call. I felt happy that I was going to have the rest of the day free!
I work from home, so I jumped into the shower and scrubbed myself clean, grinning.
Then, My Chest Tightened…
I felt fear pricking my chest. My heart started beating. Yes, I didn’t have to work today, but I had a million other tasks to do. My mind screamed at me: Who the heck is going to complete those errands? Use your day off to get all that other stuff done.
Now, I didn’t want to slow down and spend the day relaxing. I felt like I should be getting my affairs in order.
But It didn’t Feel Right
But my heart didn’t want that. My soul craved relaxation and comfort. So I surrendered to my heart instead. I decided the million other things could wait.
And I did indeed. I made myself a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, Indian masala chai, and yogurt. Afterwards, I took a 2 hour nap. When I woke up, I felt this beautiful serenity overcome me. I also went grocery shopping and bought a load of veggies and other treats for myself.
Sometimes, it’s important to surround myself with stillness so I can enjoy the simple things and be fully present. Now I can be filled with energy the rest of the week!
What is your experience of listening to yourself? Please share with me in the comments.