Sometimes we need to prolong the excitement to just be

Today was one of those lazy Sundays – admittedly it was a fairly lazy weekend.

While I accomplished a few tasks around the house, finished a book I was reading and visited with family, I found myself spending more time sitting on the couch gazing at the snowflakes falling outside my window then doing anything truly constructive with my time.

We spend so much of our work-week overwhelmed with 9-5 activities and chores at home, that when the weekend does finally arrive all we can do is lay comatose in an effort to recuperate. Whenever that happens I get so angry with myself – disappointed that I didn’t use what little time I have away from work more wisely.

But then I sit back and remember something my favorite neighbor (Mister Rogers) once said:

“Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect – on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”

The mind and body know when they need some down time – a moment to decompress from a stressful situation, circumstance or the busyness our lives are so often plagued with to just be. Yes it might seem as though you’re wasting time so to speak, but nothing’s a waste of time if it’s providing your heart and soul with a nourishing recharge few of us have the opportunity to fully embrace.

So come Monday morning when people inevitably ask me what exciting things I did this weekend, I’ll have nothing to report really. But there’s no arguing that the down time was just what my sprit truly needed.