This week, I began my new editing job by getting into a novel on track to be published in 2012.
To prepare, I read three novels, two of which were by other authors in the same genre to get a sense of the “rules” of the genre. The other was the first book in the series. I don’t know about you, but three novels in a week is a lot for me (although I’m not whining about getting paid to read).
On top of that I blogged every day. I led canopy tours at the zipline company where I work. I hosted my parents for three days. I put the finishing touches on an ebook I’m working on. I answered dozens of comments and hundreds of emails.
Yada yada yada. You get the picture. It was a busy week.
There’s always so much to do.
Sometimes, it can feel like there’s too much to do.
Definitely too much to justify taking a day off. No computer? No email? No work? Are you stupid?
Six days a week we work. We write, we edit, and we do those millions of little things that demand our attention.
One day a week, we say no. We don’t give into demands. We stop.
Why? As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “The world has already been created and will survive without the help of man. The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else.”
You stop because there will always be more work to do. You will never have enough time. Work is a given. You stop because the world has your hands. But the deepest parts of your being don’t belong to the world.