Saturday / April 11 / 2015
Unplug it for a few minutes
It’s 3:55 in the morning. I’m awake and I know exactly why. Something is springing to life in me. That ‘something’ isn’t new, really — more, she’s evolving. After being in a cocoon of sorts, I felt her pull in a breath of air just now as if awakening from a coma. It felt great. It made me want to write!
My constant companion Zeke and I drove from upstate New York to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina earlier this week, under the guise of getting a jump-start on the move South we’re about to make. Not a ‘guise’ really, as I am getting a jump-start. I brought down a carload of stuff and I have big plans tomorrow (technically later today) to move a lot of stuff from one closet to another closet so I’ll have room for said carload of stuff.
But the real reason I’m here is because I needed to unplug. In a bad way. Have you ever been in that place?
“You are a car that is now out of gas,” my cherished friend Janie said to me. She knew I’d notice she did NOT say, you are a car that is running out of gas. She was right. I was depleted. Completely.
Which is why, with my imminent move only two weeks away, I grabbed some “Just For Me” time. In sunny 83-degree Myrtle Beach. With my awesome dog (currently sleeping in his “Doggie TV” window seat as seen above).
Just yesterday, I saw this post from Anne Lamott on Facebook. I love Anne’s writing. So raw. So honest, often brutally. On the drive here, I listened as she narrated the audiobook, Small Victories. She has helped me embrace life with vigor, humility, passion and humor. Back to the list she posted, I was struck by #2:
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
As a side note, as I’m digging my toes in the sand, hanging out with my amazing parents, being nourished as I listen to the audiobook of The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer (highly recommend), getting mani-pedis, and enjoying real live Vitamin D, I understand it’s been snowing, sleeting, and raining in upstate New York for most of the time.
I’m pretty certain I made the right decision “Just For Me”.
Now, I’m going back to sleep. G’nite, ya’ll. Breathe in the essence of Hope. Dream the sweetest of dreams. Be raw and honest with yourself. Give yourself and perhaps someone else the gift of unplugging. Please. YOU matter.