I took a one-week vacation from work. That sounds normal, right? Not for me. I’ve never done that before. One or two days away, yes. One week away, absolutely not. Well, I decided that I'll be doing it again and here’s why. Before I left on my trip, I highly doubted that I would be able to take the full week without responding to emails or engaging in a work project on the sly. To my surprise, however, I spent my days hanging out with my daughters, hubby, and friends on Waconia Lake, Minnesota. Despite the mosquitos, I loved it! I was surprised at my body's and mind’s need to rest. So rest is what I did. When I came back, I was surprised at the number of balls I was juggling before going on vacation. "How exhausting," I thought. But, what was more surprising to me was how my work world kept on spinning without me while I was gone; nothing fell apart without me being there. What? Friends, I realized that I am not the be-all and end-all, and that is fabulous news
! Yes, this work that I do — supporting and advocating for those with eating disorders
— is so very important to me. I sure hope it inspires others, but I came to realize that this work is only a part of me, not all of me. I forgot that, and I needed to be reminded. So: Check. I have officially been reminded. Taking time off from work and my daily routine has given me a new perspective. Have you ever taken time out from something you do? Did it shift your perspective? I’d love to hear about it. Robyn Cruze, MA is National Recovery Advocate and the online community manager for Eating Recovery Center.