July 2019 Newsletter
Hello, and a jam-packed July to you!
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue is about leaving spaces between your periods of activity,
and the benefits of that.
"Summertime and the livin' is easy..." goes the song. Yet
how many of us use this supposedly leisurely time of year
to frantically catch up on chores or social connections we didn't manage
to get to during the colder months?
In college I discovered The Prophet, that wise little book by
Kahlil Gibran. The passage which struck me most strongly was
on love, where he writes "Let there be spaces in your togetherness".
Yes! Yes! I thought fervently. The at times intense emotional
connection of a close relationship needs to be balanced with time
apart, when the love can be fully savored and integrated.
Age-old teachings, even the Christian Bible, tell us there is a
time to sow and a time to reap. All work and no play or rest isn't
good for anyone! Years ago in my corporate job I was introduced to a
new manager, who looked like a skinny bundle of nervous energy to me.
His manager proudly said the new guy had "hit the ground running", and I
cringed. His apparent workaholic tendencies were being rewarded, and
I wondered if he was truly happy.
When I exercised regularly with weights at a gym, I befriended a FedEx driver. Seeing
the way those guys hustled to deliver the endless packages during the holiday
season, I asked him once how he handled all this pressure. "I sprint, then
I rest" he told me with a smile, which made so much sense. In the lazy hot summer weather,
why hurry, or overload yourself with tasks? You don't want to be one of those
folks who comes back from time away from the grind exhausted, saying you need
a vacation from your vacation.
If I think about going faster than is good for me, or trying to do
too much in too brief of a time, the image of a deep-sea diver comes to
mind as a warning. If a diver makes the mistake of ascending or descending
too quickly, before the human body can adjust to the change in water pressure,
he or she will get the bends, a painful dangerous condition. As a child my mother
used to tell me, when I was hurrying (and often making mistakes as a result),
"Haste makes waste, Nancy". This annoyed me then, and now I see that Mom was right.
We don't want to gobble a delicious meal as fast as possible. So why rush
through your precious summer, missing a lot of it because you're thinking about
what you'll do next? Enjoy the activities while you're in the middle of them,
and please, really enjoy your down time. Bask in it! It will be autumn before
you know it. Savor your summer fully, appreciating it for the gift it is. Don't
speed through it.
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Enjoy the start of your July.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!