This week always seems a bit weird to me. In my job, I am very blessed to have the last two weeks of the year off. Regularly scheduled activities like choir practices and Rotary are on hiatus. Celebrations are done. That means that I literally have nothing I have to do this week. After the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays, it seems odd to be able to stop.
To be honest, I thrive in schedules and deadlines. Flexibility and stillness can throw me for a loop. And, I will admit to feeling guilty when I think about those who don’t share this luxury of time.
So, what do I do? I create a crazy schedule in my head of all the things I will accomplish in this week. I’m going to revise the opening of my novel. I’m going to map out my Pink Typewriter posts for the first quarter. I’m going to clean off my desk at home and get organized. I’m going to reorganize the closets and donate unneeded items.
Those are all good things; the problem is that when I take time out to sit and read or rest, I feel guilty because I’m not doing anything productive.
But the beauty of this time is that it can truly be a break. It can be time to be still and rest and recenter my thoughts and my heart. It is a perfect time to prepare for the coming year as long as I balance the planning and organizing in a healthy way that also allows for peace.