I spent a couple of days at the beach not long ago. There is just nothing quite like the sound of the waves, the sand between your toes and the peace I feel when I look at across the water.
As I walked along the beach noticing the shells scattered on the sand I walked by several shells that seemed to be all “stuck” together. You may have noticed them too, but most likely walked right by them.
I finally stopped and picked one up.
The clump wasn’t all that pretty.
The individual shells were so much nicer.
Yet, as I looked at the clump of shells there was something about it that made me think about us as people.
I was at the beach to take a little time away. I had been feeling the weight of life issues, family changes, and the pressures of work all weighing me down.
I realized that my life was beginning to look like that clump of shells. I was carrying around the weight of all kinds of things and letting it weigh me down.
As much as I thought I was managing….
The deadlines from work stuck with me when I came home.
The concerns for my kids and aging parents were big.
The struggles of relationships were wearing me down.
The crisis from the families I work with were hard to forget.
Trying to be there for everyone added another shell that stuck with me.
Turns out, I wasn’t really managing all that well.
I needed some time.
What about you? What is your life looking look like these days? Do you have all kinds of things stacking up on you that feel heavy? Maybe some things you aren’t even aware of?
Are you needing some time for you?
Everyday leaders have to be aware of when we need time away. Then we must intentionally choose to take that time away, knowing when we do we are working to be our best selves to make the greatest difference in the lives of those around us. It is all about choosing to be our best selves, to make a difference.
Everyday leaders work hard to take the time BEFORE the shells before to stack up and weigh you down – choosing to be our best selves!