“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
I like the idea of Sabbath.
In practice, however, I could do better at observing time away from responsibilities. How interesting that Angelou points out that the reason why many of us refrain from taking a rest has less to do with others’ need of us, and more to do with our need to think of ourselves as irreplaceable.
Will the world go on without you for a day? For an hour?
Can you disconnect for even a little while? What if you left your phone at home, and went for a walk, to a coffee shop alone, or took a yoga class? Will your ego permit it?