"When we step away for a time, we are not being irresponsible, we are preparing ourselves to better perform our duties and obligations. Sometimes when we step away, we return to find that important questions have been answered in our absence." - Maya Angelou One of my most favorite gifts given to me several years ago was a booklet of Maya Angelou inspirational sayings. I keep it on the window sill of my office and flip to a new page at the beginning of every week, breathing in each new perspective and short teaching.
This quote from Maya Angelou says so much! It reminds me that I am human. It reminds me that it is ok to "step away". Not only is it ok to step away, but I don't have to feel guilt or shame for needing to take a break. Too many times do we think of taking breaks as a sign of weakness or fragility. But, as this quote reminds us, we are preparing ourselves to better perform our duties and obligations.
Imagine stepping away for some time and getting refreshment, relaxation and rejuvenation. I know for myself this would better prepare me to perform my duties and obligations to myself and those around me! If I don't step away, then I will become overwhelmed and over-worked. This is when most mistakes occur & when most arguments occur, resulting is low life-satisfaction.
Lastly, this quote from Maya Angelou points out if we take the time to step away, we may find that questions get answered in our absence. We find things we previously stressed about are no longer a concern to us, or things we believed no one else but us could handle actually went smoothly without us. Ultimately we learn what is truly important in our lives.
I hope you take the time to step away in order to prepare yourself and find the important answers. Thank you for reading.
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.