Let things slide.
I had a LOT planned for the day. Some who know me intimately would just shrug off that statement with a rhetorical question, “is there ever a time when you do not have a lot on your plate for the day?”
My day started early, earlier than normal. The day went so fast that by evening, I was exhausted, and I did the first thing I love doing best in order to de-stress; taking a 1-2hrs brisk walk. Previously, my default go-to was to sleep, but now, for some reason, it is taking that walk.
I still cannot explain it, but whenever I am exhausted mentally or physically or even both, my walk brings back the energy. It’s magical.
The other day, it was raining, but I still went out to walk in the rain for one and a half hours. I think I am somewhat obsessed with walking now. But being in that rain and listening to one of my audible books on negotiation was calming for me. I loved the feeling of nature. You should try it.
But yes, I digress.
Then a very important client call came in. And it dragged so long, I was on the phone for 2.5hrs. By the time I was done with that, it was past midnight and yet another critical call started after that.
Fortunately, that lasted under 30 minutes, and when it was all said and done, I was completely exhausted. I typically don’t take such late calls but yesterday was different. I needed to.
Everything that I had planned for my evening was derailed, and I felt bad. Awful.
But then, I have another constraint on my time — 8hrs sleep. Yes, that is my daily average no matter how late I sleep, so off I went to bed.
Just as I closed my eyes, I reminded myself for the umpteenth time that it is okay to let things slide.
Letting things slide may not be pretty, but it’s fine.
And that’s my thought for you today.
No matter how passionate, committed and hardworking you are, it’s okay to let things sometimes slide, and you’ll know when that time is.
When that time shows up, honor it, honor yourself.
That memorable day was my time.
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Written by Dapo Bankole.
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