Standing bare foot on the filthy airport floor with my belt, sunglasses, sweater and bag stuffed in a sterile rubbermaid container. A boarding pass stuck between my lip glossed lips and welt on my arm from heaving my carry-on suitcase up on the conveyor belt. I looked frazzled, rattled, and I didn't have it together. Let's just say that George Clooney would not be proud. And then it happened. The little guy behind the counter at the Bradley International Airport tried to argue with me that half of a half gallon plastic bag was the not the same as a quart bag. Because it didn't matter if technically they amounted to the same thing, it had to be a quart bag and it had to be right then. And just like that, I turned into the ugliest version of myself. I went from zero to passive aggressive in .5 seconds. I huffed. I rolled my eyes. I mumbled (not so) under my breath. And I came perilously close to causing a scene. And this from the person who more than anything hates a scene.
I think it was in the airport security line....just five minutes ago....when I granted myself the permission to need a vacation. Not just want or like or hope for.
We've been going full steam ahead for far too long. And now it's time to pull this train over and idle a bit. As business owners, as teachers, as leaders, as a married couple...we all need these times of rest. It's not a perk or a negotiable. It's a necessity. Because what we all know, but rarely practice, is that a break (even if it's just a couple days) will restore in us a brand new energy and focus for the work that's still to be done. We will come back with fresh eyes and a full tank for caring for our clients, colleagues, and most importantly....each other.
I think it was in the airport security line that I granted myself permission not to be a super woman, but just a girl who needs a break.
Justin & I are flying out in the next few minutes to spend the next few days being free. To rest and to laugh and to throw our arms up and just enjoy the ride.
Because what a ride it is.
“Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”