How My Love of Work is Causing Trouble

How My Love of Work is Causing Trouble

I might be in trouble.

I think I’ve forgotten how to sit still – how to rest.

Life is busy. Crazy even. But the harried pace of this profession is one of the things I love about it!

 

 

 

 

I love dashing from appointment to appointment. I love the challenges – of clomping around in snowdrifts to measure houses, or trying not to get shot by my clients. I thrive on the adventure.

But in the dashing and strategizing and maneuvering through challenges, I’ve enjoyed it all so much I didn’t realize …. I think I’ve forgotten how to just sit down and relax!

When Eniko and I began working together, we agreed that each of us should have at least one weekend a month off of work.

A day off is difficult for a real estate agent to secure. Weekends are even more rare. But she and I have a bond of trust that makes it possible.

The thing is… I haven’t been taking that rest.

That’s a problem.

It’s in the still and quiet when reflection and insight can happen. It’s when I can actually spend time with God and be refreshed by His presence. That doesn’t happen on the fly.

And it’s tough to take that time because work is fun for me! To take a break from it is really difficult.

But I’m going to do it. This week I’m taking off.

Hmm… what will I do with all my free time? Oh, I know. I’ll turn a storage room into a guest room. I’ll spring clean my house. I’ll get to those flowerbeds that didn’t get a fall clean up.

Oops, there I go again. Dashing from thing to thing.

Okay, I’ll also spend time quietly, calmly sauntering around my house and yard. I’ll admire spring’s new growth. I’ll walk and talk with God. I’ll walk and talk with my husband. I will lie on the grass with my dogs. I’ll soak in the sound of birds chirping, bees humming, and enjoy the chorus of frogs and crickets that fill each evening.

I feel good and energetic already, but being home and mentally present will probably refresh me in a way I haven’t felt in a very long time. And it couldn’t come at a better time.

There’s a newness in the air.

Maybe it’s spring. Maybe it’s the promise of something new in my life.

Either way, I want to receive it with open, ready hands.
Do you make time to be still and recharge? Why or why not?

Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate

 

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. You hit me right between the eyes with this. After a very difficult night dream-wise, I read your post. Anger/sadness have taken over and not allowing newness to show its face.

    Please enjoy your week off. Take the time to stop the busyness and smell spring. Our prayers go with you on your journey.

  2. Thanks Linda. I guess I am not the only one who gets caught up in life to the point where you can miss life itself. Today, the stench of the field accross the street will keep me indoors. They sprayed it with animal waste. It’s only bad for a few days. So once my medication kicks in I will start cleaning up.

  3. I hear you, Tina.
    I learned years ago that ideally I should work 3 days a week outside the home. I knew I wasn’t ever going to be that Martha Stewart type, and some tried to make me feel guilty even for working outside the home at all when I had little ones. Trust me, it was to everyone’s advantage that I did go to work. Now that the kids are grown and don’t need me for the same reasons as they did back then, I still feel like 3 days is optimal, but I have started working 4, sometimes 5 days per week and my body just can’t catch up with a thorough rest. Today is my rest day too. The washer and dryer are running in the background, but somehow, I even find that soothing.

    1. Oh dang. I need to add doing laundry to my list of things to get done. 🙂
      I did a four day work week when my daughter was a toddler. I worked two 12 hr shifts said that I could have some time at home. That was nice.

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