You would expect me to follow up with a cliche response, but that is not what I want you to takeaway from this post.
I want you to take a moment to pause.
Inhale. Exhale. Repeat as many times as you want.
At the conclusion of my second week back in school and the beginning of the third, I feel exhausted. Nothing has been extraordinarily difficult, but it has felt like a heavy load compared to summer.
Class. Work. Meeting. Practice. Repeat.
Exact opposite of what I asked of you earlier.
I have realized the busy-ness of the last two weeks has clouded my judgement (I have forgotten more than I would like to admit). As a result, I have taken a more serious outlook towards more things.
I just needed a good laugh to relieve myself of the “lemons” (although I contend that there is a space for serious conversation over recent matters…post to come).
So I indulged in the social media phenomenon known as Doug the Pug.
That is right. A pug named Doug.
I saw this article recently and just about fell out my seat with laughter.
The perfect remedy.
Even if you are not a pet owner, you cannot help but have a soft spot for Doug.
His awesome costumes, wigs, witty captions (ok, he does not write these himself) and parody music videos.
This dog has impacted millions of people (over 2 million likes on Facebook and 660,000 followed on Instagram) and he probably has no idea.
I know, it is silly (and a half-truth) to say a dog with an Instagram is the solution to my qualms, but he has certainly made them easier to deal with.
As I am in this period of time where life moves at an unprecedented speed and I do not know if the outcome will be positive, I need some escape time.
My advice for readers who are also in a citrus-flavored season, make room for some sweet dessert.
- Watch your favorite movie with close friends (or Hans solo).
- Read a good book (I highly recommend Bob Goff’s Love Does).
- Eat some actual dessert, in moderation.
- Perform a random act of kindness for a stranger (read these stories for some inspiration).
- Take a Sabbath, or an intentional day of rest.
Friends, I hope your “lemons” do not multiply to a fill a tree. Cut those lemons into slices, suck on one, make a silly face and laugh.
What are your current “lemons”? How do you relax after a full week of work?