Finally, the sun has emerged. The old Southern sun, known the world over for it's blistering heat and gasp-inducing humidity. It has been far too long since we've seen his shining face and it's April! I suppose we just have to bear the April showers to get to the May flowers, eh?
This past week I did something I rarely do: I went home from work and laid out in the sun with a book and didn't worry that I wasn't writing or doing something more "important". And I realized something: taking care of your soul, your emotional well being is very important. Far more important, even, then finishing that last chapter or meeting your quota of words a day. I took out a blanket, a book, and a bottle of water, and sat in the sun for over an hour. Sure, I got a little red, but nothing too terrible. I've had worse! Just the act of stopping, of forcing myself to see myself as important enough to hide away, out of sight of everyone around me, to soak up some much needed, mood boosting Vitamin D was such a relief. It was Wednesday when I did this, two days ago, and I've done nothing but think of when I can do it again!
I know this post is short, but sometimes the best things do come in small packages. Take some time off from time to time, just to refuel your soul. Heck, skip out on a Monday afternoon. Don't answer your cell phone. Tell people you have an important meeting. You do, after all. It's with yourself. And if you can't take care of you, how are you going to take care of anyone else?