I was thinking over the weekend about how things are going for me and where I am up to in life. I was thinking about the things I say no to, too. For the record, I say no to a lot of stuff. It’s not because I hate doing the stuff. More, it’s because I like being home and with my gang. I like a quieter, less noisy approach to life.
I am starting to think that my way of managing work and life comes down to the restorative powers of home and saying no A LOT. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t feel like I am missing out or anything because saying no to some things means saying yes to home. And home is a favourite thing of mine (as are the people who live there with me.)
Home is where I feel myself the most (!) and it’s where I get to think about the things I really want out of life too. It’s where I take stock and let ideas fill up the quiet.
While we’re often encouraged to grab every opportunity and teeter out on the wire of achieving more-more-more, I think that it’s a great idea to steady yourself, step back, quiet down, prioritise your time carefully and choose the people you love when it makes sense – even without a tangible ‘excuse’.
I also think it’s great to avoid saying yes out of obligation, when you can, with no good reason other than wanting to feel/be at home.
Sometimes this might make things a little uncomfy. Things might seem to progress more slowly, people and places might SEEM to pass you by. But – when you step back and take in the whole view – the restorative powers of being true-to-yourself, quiet times and having time to breathe seems to pay dividends in terms of happiness, creativity and productivity.
Ah. Just writing that last sentence makes me feel super content.
How about you? Are you the quiet life type?