I worked on an article for a magazine today for about four hours. It’s still not finished but it’s close. The muse is pumping and I’m in the flow.
But it’s 5:55 pm and my rest tonight includes a date with my wife at six pm.
I have two options:
1. Post-pone our date for thirty minutes to finish the article.
2. Reject the muse and stop working.
This isn’t a hard decision. My spouse is more important than my writing (sorry, Hemingway), and besides, she’d yell at me (Talia was offended that I told people she yells at me. Just so you know, fortunately, her yells sound like kittens mewing) if I didn’t turn off. I saved the article and shut down my computer (or I will after finishing this). Done. Rest on.
However, most of the time we don’t make this decision. We choose to postpone rest (a date with ourselves, our souls) all the time.
What if our souls started yelling at us if we didn’t spend time with them?
Oh wait, they do. They yell through stress, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, shallow thought, shallow relationship, burnout short attention spans. Maybe we should pay more attention.
Today, schedule a date night with your soul. What will you talk about? How much fun can you have together?