After taking a week off, I’m coming back to my Friday at Four practice.
Another kind of pause
In my last post, I reported that my Friday art making session happened to be a much needed pause in the middle of two chaotic weeks. This time, my body needed rest, so I had to take a break from my weekly play session.
At first, I thought that not writing the blog post would be enough and that I could still enjoy my play time. When came time to get my art supplies, though, it turned out that anything that wasn’t napping was more than I could handle.
Breaking the chain…
Considering skipping either the blog post or the play session was difficult, though: I had been doing both every single week, no matter what life had thrown at me, since the beginning of the year. I didn’t want to break that chain.
I had followed through on that commitment to myself for a couple of months already. What would happen if I paused for a week? Would it lead to a slippery slope filled with excuses?
That idea was a scary one, because I knew that this could easily turn into a messy, guilt- and shame-laden story, which would then make it much much harder for me to get back to my practice.
… is not a big deal in itself
However, I also know that a story can take on any meaning we assign to it. Skipping a week has no meaning in an of itself; I can build it into a big thing, or not – my choice.
After having given my body the rest it badly needed, I am choosing to simply come back to my practice, without creating stories and letting them get in the way.
Here’s to showing up again, picking up where we’ve left off, and moving forward!
What about you?
Do you sometimes need to take a pause from your practice, for one reason or another? When you do, is it easy to allow yourself that break, or does it feel hard? Are you sometimes afraid it’ll be difficult to get back to your practice? What does (or would) make it easier?
Please share your experience and your thoughts, if and when you feel like it. You can do it in a few words, through a picture, or any other way you can think of! You can do it here in the comments or as a post on your own blog, on Twitter (let’s use the hashtag #fridayatfour), or elsewhere – make sure to let us know in the comments so that we can find your contribution and cheer you on!