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So many of us running our own businesses love it. But we love it so much that it’s often all we do. And when we’re not working – we’re doing all the errands, house jobs and planning.
But I want to share with you something that I’ve done since I first started my business. Something I don’t always WANT to do, but know I need to do if I want a sustainable, lasting and enjoyable business.
This is quite a personal episode… I don’t often share about my faith but I really believe this principle can be so helpful to all biz owners (and humans), not just Christians.
It’s the idea of “Sabbath” – one day a week where we STOP. From everything. And we just BE.
I think we so often believe the lie that our worth lies in what we DO. How much we work, what we earn, what we own, what we can achieve… but what’s left of us when we stop and just exist? When we stop trying to earn our place on this planet and just enjoy our present moment without striving or comparing or wanting something different to what we already have and who we already are.
Once a week I take a day where I completely stop. Every single week. No matter what’s happening – in the middle of a launch, or when life is ridiculously busy. Any time.
And I choose NOT to do chores, to not do errands, to not consume social media, to not do work. And instead, I write myself an a la carte menu of things that I love and I do those! I read, journal, walk, eat delicious food, relax with family… anything that energises me!
This day is one I look forward to every single week. It’s often the highlight of my week.
BUT it has to be a choice. It’s HARD to stop. It’s the opposite of what I naturally do.
It’s hard to get all the chores done before my day off. It’s hard to trust that I’ll be okay even if I don’t hustle. But gee it’s worth it.
If what I want to do in my life can’t be achieved in 6 days, then I’m doing too much.
So, I’d love to challenge you – what might a “sabbath” look like for you? Are you willing to risk stopping? To let your worth be found outside of what you DO?
Try is one day. Then try it again. And then again. And let it become a rhythm of your life.
I also want to acknowledge that in our current, unjust and unfair world that this might not be possible for everyone. There is an element of privilege that comes with being able to rest. I firmly believe this SHOULD be for everyone, and could be… if we as humanity chose to really care for one another. But, if you, my friend are not in a place where stopping is possible – I pray you can find rest and rejuvenation in the little moments. You deserve it too.
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