The last few weeks’ worth of blog posts have been downers, and I appreciate everyone who has read them, sent me messages, and in general been encouraging.

This week needs to be lighter. A lot lighter. So I’m going back to one of my favorite topics: writing.

I’m on a daily email list that offers lots of encouragement, and today’s message was both literary and spiritual. It led off with a Walt Whitman quote:

I loaf and invite my soul / I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

 

So How Is That Spiritual?

You might think of a Walt Whitman quote as more secular than spiritual, though the poem, Song of Myself, does mention the soul. What was nice for me, though, was that today’s email message went on to discuss how spiritual practices through the centuries have emphasized the need for periods of quiet relaxation.

And that made me realize something.

I need a break.

This isn’t a big revelation, I know. You probably need a break, too, maybe even more than I do.

But it’s true: a break, a pause, some downtime to recharge, whatever you call iteveryone needs it.

So if you need a break from your writing, take one. You deserve it, and you’ll probably feel rejuvenated afterwards. I know I will.

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