I thought I’d take a break from work.
I have been so caught up with a lot of things these past few weeks that I sometimes feel that the life force is already sucked out of me and I am no longer whole.
You know what I did? I just had to step back a bit, pause, close my eyes, and take in the silence of the night.
The stillness was so daunting at first, used as I am with the tapping sound of the keyboards, the ringing of my phone, Skype, and other sounds blaring from everywhere. But the silence eventually became too loud and my breathing was so rugged that I had to immediately open my eyes.
Just goes to show that I have denied myself some silence and quiet moments lately. And this is when I chided myself to stop everything I was doing first and just breathe and take in the moment. In hindsight, if I were to go back to that moment anytime soon, I’d have to make sure I have some candle flickering! It would have been more meaningful.
And then it dawned on me, ‘tis the season of Advent.
As we all know, advent heralds the coming of Christmas, the most favorite time of the year. That is, at least, in the eyes of the child. As adults we have come to see the commercialism and consumerism that sometimes go with the holiday season that we turn a skeptical eye to it. We oftentimes lose sight of the essence or the real meaning behind what advent or Christmas is all about.
Advent is the season of anticipating.
For four Sundays, the Christian community lights the advent candles patiently and eagerly awaiting the birth of Jesus Christ. This, by itself, is a holy season. You will hear songs about yearning and of pining hopes on a Messiah that is yet to come. It’s also associated with advent recollections and reflections of times past. It’s about hoping.
I don’t know if you agree with me on this, but I think we should always have a moment of reflection and recollection.
- What have we achieved so far?
- What good have we done?
- Are we closer to our purpose?
And the only way to get into this spirit of consciousness is to really take a break from work.
Easier said than done, you say, what with all the bills to pay, gifts to buy especially this holiday, and all other material concerns that needs to be addressed. But, hey, we just might be forgetting about ourselves in the picture. We, too, have needs to be fulfilled and one is the nourishment of our soul and spirit.
Because in the end, what we are at work is because of what we are as individuals.
This advent, take time to When was the last time you took a break from work?
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To Your Success,