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A message worth hearing again…a bit revised .
If you don’t listen to the right voice, you might lose your life.
I was sitting in my hotel room answering email and finishing up some work, when I looked over at the end of the bed and noticed the sun had cast a pool of light across the comforter.
I’d love to curl up in a ball in the middle of that light and take a nap, I thought to myself.
But I continued working.
Responding to requests.
Ignoring my own.
I have to be someplace in an hour. I don’t have time for a nap.
That’s when I caught myself listening to the wrong voice.
Why are you ignoring the part of you that wants to take a nap?
Wouldn’t you love to enjoy the warmth of the sun on your body?
How come you’re allowing everyone else’s wants to come before your own?
A little time in the sun would be lovely right about now.
So, I put down my computer, grabbed a pillow, and curled up in the pool of light. I lay there feeling the heat cross my face as the clouds moved over the sun. Then I smiled and sank deeper.
I imagined myself lying on a beach, carefree and happy, soaking in the pleasure of the moment.
Thank you, I said out loud as I drifted off to sleep. Thank you for listening.
Over the years I became quite skilled at ignoring the voice that wanted rest and pleasure and fun. Instead, I listened to my inner task master.
You know, the voice that says:
Work hard. Play later.
Get your to-do list done and then you can relax.
Build a nest egg first and enjoy life when you retire.
Whatever retirement means these days.
For too long it was easy to withhold pleasure from myself – to make efficiency and completion and checkmarks more important than living my life.
But these days I’m doing a much better job of paying attention to a new voice, a voice that’s changing the rules of the game.
I’m not waiting for some day to live my life anymore.
I’m serving a new master – one who is loving and sane, sensitive and smart.
And here’s the good news:
I’m still alive.
No one has died (or left).
Everything that really matters gets done.
In the right way, at the right time.
It doesn’t take hard work or a massive plan of action to start listening to the right voice.
Just a little awareness and a different choice.
Like a nap on a sunny afternoon.
A nap with an important lesson to offer about staying awake.
This Week’s Video
My mom sent me this video and I absolutely love it! Check it out here. Thanks, Mom .