Working too much? Too hard? Feel like you need a break, but can’t catch one? Stop. Right. There.
It’s when you feel most like you can’t take a break that you need to take a break. When you feel most like you shouldn’t do what you want and must do what you need, that’s when you most need to find the balance between the two. That’s when it’s time to stop and watch the dragonflies or squirrels or sunset or whatever it is about nature that thrills and excites you and recognize the magic.
Easier Said Than Done
Trust that I, your friends, your family, and every person you’ve ever met know that it’s so much easier to say ‘take your fair share of me time‘ than it is to actually take it. But. (There’s always a ‘but,’ eh?) We call it your ‘fair share’ because, to be fair, it’s yours. You own it. You’ve earned it. And as the proverb goes, “All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.” (Yeah, yeah — we’ve heard enough about Jack. We’ll leave him for another post.)
Taking My Own Advice
It’s on such days — those when I know that ‘I just can’t take a break today’ — that I force myself to walk away. I pack up my water bottle, a couple of my favorite Quest raspberry white chocolate protein bars, my camera, and a couple of super-sized plastic bags (a must for any Florida wildlife photographer), and set off to find some trouble. (Did I miss something? Oh — I didn’t mention my cell phone? Right. Because forgetting it is often a favorite part of any nature hike!)
Seeing a Common Thread Here?
Take a break. It’s as simple as that. If you’re paying attention, perhaps you’ll see a red dragonfly as gorgeous as that one up there, which, by the way, is a Scarlet Skimmer (also known as a Crimson Darter). According to Wikipedia, it’s native to east and southeast Asia and was introduced to Jamaica, Florida, and Hawaii. In parts of Yunnan, China, it’s used for food (hmmmm . . . glad I have protein bars on hand).
And by “pure, innocent world,” we mean no WiFi.