I have a friend who used to say he wouldn’t take a day off because he was sure the company he worked for couldn’t function without him. He told everyone he was the guy holding up the sun. Well, it turns out, after he retired the sun still managed to come up every single day without him.
I think a lot of us are convinced we are the ones ‘holding up the sun’. News flash, we aren’t. The sun is okay without our help.
The world—yes even your own company—will get along just fine without you for a few days, even weeks. In fact, I truly believe even benefit from your absence if you take some time off to recharge your batteries.
I have a Rose Macaulay quote hanging up that says, “At worst a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.” Rose already had that figured out back in 1881. She was way ahead of her time! Summer seems like the perfect time to follow Rose’s lead and really start living your life.
Women especially seem to have forgotten the being part of human being. We somehow bought into the human doing theory. It is easy to forget that we are multidimensional women, and we need to nurture all aspects of our lives. And that includes pleasure.
You are the only one who can schedule down time for yourself. Make it a priority!
The Barefoot CEO ®