Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.
Well summer will be ending soon and autumn will bring us cool weather in my part of the world along with a rainbow of colors as the trees begin preparing for their annual winter hibernation. Each season brings us the opportunity to enjoy what it has to offer and I always look forward to the changes that add texture to our lives.
Those of us in the US always celebrate with a national holiday on the first Monday in September and we get a three day weekend. Summer still lingers so it will be one of our last chances for fun and frolic in the sun. I hope everyone takes advantage of the holiday by temporally shelving their worries and concerns. And for a short time leave the world’s problems, their job and any lingering anxiety at the office and then go out and play. If you do the person who takes your place at work on Tuesday will be a rejuvenated you, if not younger in age at least younger in spirit.
A year ago or so Courtney Carver wrote a piece letting us in on some secrets that will help all who listen to really enjoy the next few days. Here is what she gave us.
How to Enjoy Your Weekend Like a Minimalist
Remember what it was like to be a carefree child on a summer day? Catching lighting bugs. Riding bikes. Exploring creeks. Popping tar bubbles with your toes. Selling lemonade. Days filled with adventure and curiosity. When is the last time you felt this free? Our schedules are crammed with commitments, chores, errands, appointments, and activities. We dream of vacations and travel. Why do we wait for vacations to take a break? Isn’t a weekend a tiny vacation? To vacate from our regular routines. To let our minds relax. To slow down.
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Gandhi
Is it hard for you do slow down and relax? Are you ready to take a break but not sure what to do with yourself? Embrace being instead of doing for a minimalist child-like weekend. I love weekends. Letting go of work. With less on my plate, I can be more in the moment. But I have to make conscious choices to pull a minimalist weekend off:
Relax Like a Minimalist:
Unplug – Turn off technology or unplug from your computer for at least 24 hours. Be available for more personal connection, even if you are quietly presence. With less distractions, you will invite relaxation.
Make space – Get most of your cleaning, jobs, and errands done during the week. Resist over-scheduling your weekend by leaving pockets of time to unwind. The less you schedule, the more you can go with the flow.
Slow down – And, the less you schedule in your weekend, the slower your pace. Everyone needs at least one slow morning a week where there is no time commitment to get ready for. Enjoy this restful pace.
Just be – And, foster the art of doing almost nothing. Gaze at the birds. Listen to the wind. Read a good book. Doodle. Journal. Focus on being more than doing. And, in this moment, just be.
“Burnout comes from trying to give what I do not possess.” ~ Parker Palmer
Re-Create Like a Child:
Work before play – Most of us work hard during the week, both in our job and at home. If our kids get to play after their “work” is done, then so do we. Pick play that refreshes and renews you.
Create – Let your imagination be your guide. Create art, crafts, words, photos, movies, or stories with no deadlines. It’s your creation, not your production or project.
Explore – Journey to familiar or new territory. Learn and explore. Take in details, textures, sights, and sounds. Make it an adventure.
Move and rest – Balance your movement with rest. Engage in the moment then drift with eyes heavy. Take a nap. Sleep in or go to bed early.
Invite relaxing recreation in your weekend. Be in the moment, go with the flow, and embrace what you love.
Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
“Do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked one of his employees.
“Yes, sir,” the new recruit replied.
“Well, then, that makes everything just fine,” the boss went on. “After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.”
All people smile in the same language.
Rick, fresh out of accounting school, went to a interview for a good paying job. The company boss asked various questions about him and his education, but then asked him, “What is three times seven?”
“22,” Rick replied. After he left, he double-checked it on his calculator (he *knew* he should have taken it to the interview!) and realized he wouldn’t get the job.
About two weeks later, he got a letter that said he was hired for the job! He was not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but was still very curious. The next day, he went in and asked why he got the job, even though he got such a simple question wrong. The boss shrugged and said, “Well, you were the closest…”
Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.
A golf pro dragged himself into the clubhouse looking as though he’d just escaped a tornado.
“What’s wrong?” a woman asked.
“I just lost a game to Houlihan,” the pro said.
“What? But Houlihan’s the worst player I’ve ever seen. How could he have beaten you?”
“He tricked me,” the pro said. “On the first tee, he asked for a handicap. I told him he could have 30, 40, 50 strokes – any handicap he wanted. He said, ‘Just give me two gotchas.'”
“What’s a gotcha?” asked the woman.
“That’s what I wanted to know,” the pro said. “Houlihan said, ‘You’ll see.’ Then, as I was teeing off, just as I had my club poised, he screamed out ‘Gotcha!'”
“I can guess what happened,” the woman said.
“Sure,” the pro said. “The scream threw me off, and I missed the ball completely.”
“Understandable,” the woman said. “But still, that’s only one swing. How did he win the game?”
The pro answered, “You try swinging at a golf ball while waiting for that second ‘gotcha!'”
Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.
No Daily on Monday, we will be away playing.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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