A year ago, I talked about “what I would do if it were up to me.” I told you about a conversation with a friend about my 7×7 Bible reading enews. I wasn’t happy with the way I was doing it.
I said, “If it were up to me…” and then I started laughing. “If it were up to me, I would move more slowly, allowing for more reflection on individual teachings.”
I realized that it was up to me. And I realized that I wanted to slow down.
A year ago, I talked about the value of taking a time-out. I wrote,
In the case of sport, time-out is a positive act. In the case of parenting, time-out can have positive results, but at the moment it is a negative experience.
I’m telling you this because I had opportunity to explain it to a friend the other day. This person is pushing too hard, trapped by some illness, but driven by the fear that taking a “time-out” is something bad to do. it’s not. Calling a time-out can be part of the game. Taking time off to get well. Taking a break from travelling. Taking a sabbath once a week.
These aren’t punishment. And they aren’t quitting. No one accuses a coach who calls a strategic time-out “quitter.”
And no one will call you “quitter” either.
Go ahead. Call time-out.
I realized this week that I need to take my own advice. So I’m calling a time-out. I’ll be taking the next month from regular postings at 300wordsaday.com.
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