Friday at Four #9 – Simply showing up again

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!

Thanks for joining me, and happy playing!

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4 Responses to Friday at Four #9 – Simply showing up again

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Here’s to giving yourself what you need, in every moment. You modeled it so beautifully.

    Happy playing!

    • Josiane says:

      Thank you, dear Elizabeth!
      By the way, did you know you are one of my sources of inspiration regarding playfulness? You are! Thanks for being your playful self, and modeling what that can look like for us. <3

  2. I’ve just gone back to read about your Friday At Four project…. What a wonderful idea! And how sweet that you & your partner are sharing this with each other :) It is so healthy that you allowed yourself the break you needed without assigning any negative connotations to it or expectations from it. Good for you! Hope you got the rest you needed & that you are back to playing soon :)

    • Josiane says:

      Thank you! Your own Knit 365 project is not unlike my Friday at Four play sessions… I bet that if you pay attention to what goes on in your mind when you’re doing your daily dose of stitches, when you’re not doing it (by choice or otherwise), and when you’re simply thinking about your project – well, you’ll end up learning tons about yourself. If I may make a suggestion, it’d be to remember to do it all from a place of self-kindness as much as possible. Other than that, I’d simply say: have fun!