The Christmas break for me is fast coming to a close. I return to work in less than two days. I’m lamenting the speed with which this time has passed and sigh with longing for at least another three weeks off. Like Shakespeare felt the ‘all too short date of summer’s lease’ so too am I feeling about my time off.
I’ve been able to enjoy almost daily strolls at the beach; at times indulged in the sheer pleasure of curling up like a cat on the couch, my nose buried in a book and had the time to catch up with friends over leisurely meals, not once looking at the clock and having to race out the door to make the next appointment on my usually full calendar.
My writing projects have been undertaken with a relaxed energy, secure in the knowledge that I could go for as long as I wanted to as I wouldn’t be prey to an early alarm clock buzzing for me to rise before the crack of dawn to begin another day at the office. And I’ve had the time to go to the movies with my daughter and just enjoy the pleasure of sometimes mindless entertainment for no other reason than ‘we felt like it’
I’m wondering how I can continue with this relaxed and easy-going pace for the remainder of the year…how I can avoid getting caught up in the dictates and demands of work commitments, personal projects, my daughter’s busy calendar (once school and recreational activities start up again) and the commitments I’ve made to myself and others. I haven’t yet found the magic formula to managing ‘busy’ without feeling some degree of stress, but I’m thinking it might be something with searching for because I would love the spell of serenity and peace to continue long past next week when I return to work.