A very wise woman told me many years ago about the virtues of what she calls "mental health days." At the time I was in my 20's and although the concept sounded great (who wouldn't want a good reason to take a day off of work?), I didn't really grasp the power of what she was saying.
I do now.
This wise woman is my Mother-in-law (one of the two fantastic people with that title that I am blessed with) and today I am taking her words of wisdom and making them a reality.
I've been totally swamped and at times overwhelmed with work in the past several months. I've also had a lot going on at home. You know, the kids, the house, the marriage. Even the great things in your life need time, attention and work to keep them healthy and happy. Add it all up and what I get is the need for a mental health day.
So here I sit at Starbucks in a comfy booth with wireless access and a power plug and a latte and an oatmeal writing a blog post for a blog that I have neglected over the past couple of years. Listening to the funky Latin music they have piped in and enjoying my morning. My plans for the day include finding some t-shirts for what I hope will be a summer that comes quickly, picking out a few lovely plants to brighten up a back yard that is also aching for the sun and the warm air, and quite possibly a nap. I'm sure there will be other activities that catch my fancy throughout the day, but I'm going to let those happen as they wish.
And throughout the day, I'm going to feed my soul. Because I deserve it.