“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” -Rainer Maria Rilke
one of the best things about living in Houston, is being only 30 or so minutes away from the beach. thankful for the privilege of transportation and a work schedule that allows me to rest on Sundays & plan spontaneous day trips to Galveston for color play, delightful gulf coast breezes & light... lots of it. just the right dose of inspiration to get me all excited & hopeful about another week of living, working, creating, failing, winning & loving.
I have learned that if we can just push past our internal pressure to always be "doing something" or "be productive," & truly take time off to rest, do nothing, play or delight in things that have nothing to do with meeting deadlines or our work... we will be better humans & better at our craft, whatever it may be. definitely not a new concept for sure, but I am often surprised by how often I need to be reminded through burnout, talks at conferences, books, etc. that time off is essential to living a good life.
below are glimpses of a few things & moments that captured my attention this first day of spring, moments where my soul rested & slowed down long enough to breathe deeply.
I hope you find time today or this week, even if it is just for 15-minutes, to do the same. we all need breathing room.
Lanecia A. Rouse