Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Sanity Time

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” – Edgar Allan Poe

This morning, I had 50 minutes of sanity time. Here’s the official definition of sanity:

San·i·ty:  the ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner; sound mental health.

For the last few weeks, and especially the last several days, I have been more in a panic mode than a sanity mode.

I’ve been rushing around trying to get EVERYTHING done. As many of you know, my husband broke his leg in October and he is still not allowed to put any weight on it… so he needs quite a bit of care plus, he has always done SO much around the house. Yes, I actually have to cook now! Then it is the normal demands of the Christmas season… shopping, baking, wrapping, mailing – some of which got dropped this year.

This morning, I had to take my car to the dealership for a recall notice repair. Had to be done before December 31st. So, I just waited (about 50 minutes) for them to complete the work. I sat in the waiting room, helped myself to a cup of coffee and just glanced at my phone and looked out the window at the sunny day. I couldn’t jump up and get something for my husband. Couldn’t load the dishwasher, couldn’t do laundry, couldn’t do shopping – my online shopping was complete. I did not answer emails from my clients (who also seem frantic and needy right now). I just relaxed and it was wonderful.

Maybe you can find some sanity time over this long holiday weekend. Sneak away if you have to and find a quiet place with no one else you know near you (and don’t talk to strangers like I usually do). You might find a coffee shop, a library or the waiting room of a dealership and do nothing worthwhile for an hour. Of course, I did a lot of THINKING during that 50 minutes – I hope you will include that activity in your sanity time.

  • "Sanity is a madness put to good use."
  • George Santayana

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