I am home today with a sick kid. Poor guy. Thankfully it’s not as bad as what is out there. He just has a low-grade fever, sore throat, coughing, and is exhausted. Hoping to catch it early, rest up and not let it escalate. So, I cancelled my day to stay home and now I get to refill it. A blank slate is before me. What should I fill it with?
- Checking on my son every 30-45 minutes – number one priority
- Clean the house – nope – too mundane
- Write my blog – check
- Work on my presentation for a mini-retreat at the end of January – definitely
- Catch up on TV – naw – I can do that when I have insomnia
- Take the dog on a walk – I don’t wanna leave my kid home alone plus, I’m in my indoor lazy clothes – sweats and a snoopy t-shirt.
These are just a few of the many options before me. How often do we get a day with options? Rarely. Why not? We over schedule, over book and over commit. This “free” day is a nice wake-up call. I need more of these in my schedule. Days where I truly let the spirit lead. I can say “God, what do you have for me today?” and I can listen for His answer. I know what task I’ll tackle after this blog posts, but how nice that I had time to reflect and ponder that decision. I don’t wish a sick kid on anyone. I do wish an open day at home with no agenda. (Now if this was a free day where I could actually leave the house, I have one action item – the beach – rain or shine – it refuels me.)
Look at your schedule this week. Do you have a few hours of nothing scheduled that you can protect? Can you move some things around to get a few hours of downtime? Time at home with no agenda or responsibilities pulling at you is heavenly. We always have things we “should” do when we are home – cleaning, dishes, laundry, organizing, etc. What if you took those out of the running and had a few hours to just be at home? Indulge yourself in a few moments of something you love to do in your home. You will feel refreshed afterwards. I hope you will take a few moments to scan your calendar and make this happen. You won’t regret it.
Dream Big! Pray Big!