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I’ve been on hiatus this past week. It’s been kind of a forced vacation: during Passover I’m not supposed to do skilled labor, a broad category which includes such things as crochet, knitting, and writing.
The sudden, screeching halt of a break from a daily routine of frantic activity is jarring. I have all these ideas and things I want to do floating around in my head, and I can’t do anything about them. It would be great if I could also stop thinking about work, but I’m too much of a type A personality to do that. So instead I’m stuck with this long swatch of time where I can think, but not act. And you know what? It’s kind of nice.
It gives me a renewed perspective on where I am, where I’m going, and where I want to be. So often in life, we draw up our list of grand goals only to get so caught up in the day-to-day that we forget what we’re even aiming for. This most recent hiatus gave me the opportunity to step back and reevaluate. What am I focusing my energy on? What should I be focusing my energy on? Where do I want to end up, and what are the steps I need to take to get there? I didn’t get it all figured out – that would take way more than a week, if it’s even possible. What I did get is a general map of where I’m headed from here.
I now have a new list of goals (some repeats and some new ones), and the steps I plan on taking to accomplish those goals. It will be a guiding compass to get me forward – at least until the next time I have to stop.