After a busy year with lots of changes, I had three blissful weeks off over the Christmas/New Year break. It has been a time of recharging my batteries - especially after the added stress of looking after my mum for a month while she recovered from knee surgery. My calling in life is definitely not in the area of hospice care or nursing!
There is so much hurly burly to life - always something needing to be done, or waiting to be done. There are so few lengthy periods of time where there is nothing on the calendar other than relaxing, reading, and re-fueling the empty tank. It is such a joy to let everything else fade into the background and to enjoy a slower pace of life for a while.
We have a Scottish Fold cat named Callie and she has the art of relaxation down pat. She is an uninhibited relaxer and you will often find her curled up in a ball somewhere warm, or if it's a hot day, she'll be sprawled out on her back in some weird contortionist's position enjoying the cool air on her tummy (as above!)
I could learn a lesson or two from Callie. She knows how to relax and has made it into an art form. We humans get so caught up on life's treadmill and forget to step off as often as we should. Last week I lay on my back (hopefully looking a little more elegant than Callie) and watched life pass me by at a slower pace. Now it's time to get back on that treadmill and I already miss that quiet time.