Listen to Your Heart

I usually find it fairly easy to listen to my heart. But doing what it tells me sometimes comes a little harder. The last year or so has been a productive time in my life. But with productivity comes busyness, which has led to weariness. Lately, now that all the projects and transitions and changes are nearly through, my heart is whispering to me to rest.

I love hearing it, because that’s exactly what I feel like doing. But still, it rubs against what the world tries to tell me I should do. Will I be perceived as lazy? Lacking purpose? Unproductive?

Maybe. But does that even matter?

Lately, I’ve been carving out time for an afternoon rest. I may nap, play a mindless computer game, crochet, or read. If my favorite team is playing during the day, I may even watch the game on TV. I’m finding that when I give myself some rest time, I am far more productive overall. My soul needs that breather so my mind can think more clearly and I can do the things I need to with renewed energy. I don’t set a specific time limit on my rest. I just get back to work whenever I feel ready.

Obviously, not everyone has that luxury, especially if you work for someone else or have children clamoring for your attention. I understand. I’ve been there, too. But if you can find even a few minutes to clear your mind in whatever way works best for you, do it.

Listen to your heart. Do what it says. And if you can’t do it right then, take good notes so you don’t forget its whisper.


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4 Responses to Listen to Your Heart

  1. Beautiful thoughts, Linda. Thanks for sharing. You are so right, we need to take time to rest.

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  2. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I totally agree, Linda! When I did procurement work, I found that when I took an afternoon break with my colleagues, I went back to my desk refreshed and reinvigorated. The change of scene (we’d grab an ice tea at the little shop around the corner) gave me such an attitude lift. The rest of the afternoon passed quickly as my to-do pile shrank.

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  3. I am in the habit of taking a nap in the afternoon now, and how refreshing it is! Most of the time I set a timer for 30 minutes and wake up without feeling drugged. I’m glad you feel a tug to rest, too.

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    • Linda Carlblom says:

      I’m glad you’ve made napping a habit, because as we all know, habits are hard to break and this is one you shouldn’t even try to give up! Way to go, Anne!

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