Here is some wisdom from the “Wise Words” selection that I receive daily. This one from 01/09/08 called: “Learn to walk away!” It says the following:
“One of the hardest things to do is 'take a break' without feeling guilty and selfish; or worse, feeling like a failure because everything on your 'to do' list didn't get done. Here's a news flash: there will always be more to do! One of your biggest challenges will be learning the difference between setting high standards for yourself - and setting unrealistic, impossible ones.
We claw our way to success then discover we don't like the pressures that go with it. So what should we do? Learn to walk away! Jesus did. "The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all they had done. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.' So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place" (Mk 6:30-32 NIV). Jesus understood that if you don't take a break - you'll break!
So: (a) make a list of the things that only you can do, then delegate the rest or let them go; (b) learn to take small steps and celebrate small accomplishments for that's what life is made of; (c) don't allow the stuff that's still undone, to undo you. (d) Strive for balance; don't become addicted to what you enjoy; (e) don't allow overachievers to put you into overdrive. You're in for the long haul. You win when you pace yourself; (f) take time for the people who matter, otherwise you'll lose them. Busyness is a destroyer of relationships. All the success in the world won't compensate for the joy and treasure of your family and your loved ones!”
All the above, shows that we all need a break sometime and so I am heeding that advice and taking mine now, and I am walking away for a couple of weeks for a break and will be back regularly early in November with the blogs, but maybe intermittently in between, but not till next Sunday at the earliest.
Hopefully I will return refreshed from my time away. But whatever, that is enough about me for now! What about you? Do you too need to learn from the above advice and walk away from some things now?
Remember, even Jesus took his disciples away from the crowds to have a rest. Let us all learn from his example and rest before we burn out. Even if our work isn’t as physically exhausting as some others, it still does not make it any less exhausting, so learn from others and walk away yourself some times, even if only for a week or two, before it is too late and you unnecessarily burn out. Over to you now.