Not that we've been snarky about our week off. We're grateful for the blessing and have treasured every moment of it - plus, we did prioritize. We spent four days celebrating Christmas with family, which we were happy to do, before even taking time for ourselves and each other (and the birds). It's been wonderful to have a week where the only priorities are the things we chose to set as priorities, whether it was doing things postponed too long in our normal day-to-day hustle, or taking time out to relax and enjoy the precious gift of being able to do what we want, when we want. I see now why some retired people get sassy about it. There's something liberating and joyful in the "hang your expectations, it's MY time and I'll spend it as I please!" lifestyle.
Of course, it's temporary, which is what makes it special. It's like I told somebody last week about the disappointment of taking down the Christmas decorations: if we left them up all the time, it wouldn't be special anymore. Likewise, stretches of time away from the day-to-day routine of necessity and expectation are special because those are moments that we usually have to take from a full schedule. Having it just there without strings attached is an awesome gift.
I hope you've had time to relax and enjoy a break from your routine this holiday season. Yes, spending time with family and others is a gift - but so is time to yourself.
That's all today. Take care, and have a wonderful weekend.