|Baby Practices Picking Up Cheerios|
I worked a few hours in the office yesterday and then was able to leave early. I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about cutting the work day short because I was looking forward to meeting my son at the movies. We saw “Les Miserables” and I enjoyed it but I prefer the stage version of the iconic story about the French Revolution.
While waiting in the lobby, I let my mind wander and watched the cold, rainy weather outside. I could feel my shoulders relax as I looked up at the clear slanted ceiling and my eyes followed the sliding raindrops down the glass. After a few minutes, my mind seemed to empty of office concerns and I starting thinking about the importance of mentally and physically breaking from my work schedule.
I find that working constantly starts to make me inefficient. I start to get tired, I get headaches easily and I start to answer people in a short manner. When I start experiencing those symptoms, I know it’s time to take a break and do some of the things that Anna Quindlen suggests in her quote above: pick up the phone, call a friend or a family member, write an email, connect with another person.I need to work to support myself financially but I also need to remember — especially during the holidays — to take a break and enjoy the treasures of my life.