Taking Time Out

One of the best commercials I’ve seen in a long time is this IKEA commercial:

One of the great things about it is that when we think about “time outs” they are generally in negative terms. But here we have a mother setting up a sanctuary for herself, and going there when things get out of control. Now granted, its unrealistic to think you can leave misbehaving children alone by themselves for a few minutes, but the carryover translation is that she decided to take time for herself when things got chaotic.

My wife and I had a really rough last week, and usually we take the weekend to finish any unfinished chores that don’t get done. But we realized that we just needed some time to recharge our batteries and put the past week behind us. So we took some time to just relax, and I was suprised at how much it helped. By Sonday morning, I was making pancakes for breakfast (I usually can’t stand cooking on weekends) walking the dog, running errands, humming a tune all along.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, sometimes when you have a rough time, its good to just take a moment or two to get away and just be who you are. We all have responsibilities, but if you can’t take the time to enjoy what you work so hard for, then the purpose of working gets lost along the way.