I know we are getting close to the end of the program year.
Not because the date on the calendar says so.
But because the river within me is running dry.
I am looking forward to the slower pace of summer and then vacation long enough to allow me to decompress and, once again, to become restless.
While I am one who usually likes to stay busy, what I am learning (relearning?) is that focus and creativity requires time and space to emerge. Years ago I realized that one week vacations, while they provide wonderful and varied opportunities when my children were growing up, were not long enough for me. I would just be getting to the place where the internal knots were loosening when it would be time to begin gearing up again for work. A longer period of time away was and is needed.
While I know this about myself, the challenge now is to give myself permission to do what I know is needed if I am going to bring the best of myself to the situation at hand.
To set aside the time.
To say no.
To step away.
To post the away message on my email.
To allow others.
To sit on the porch and watch it get dark.