Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #138

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Today I am thankful for the ability to take breaks. I often find myself continuously working on tasks without pausing for a few minutes here and there. And though I am aware of the benefits associated with taking regular breaks periodically when working on tasks – allowing your body and it’s various components time to rest, allowing yourself time to take care of other things that you need to take care of (using the restroom, grabbing a quick snack, walking a dog), etc. – I often find that I am so focused on whatever task is at hand that it almost seems better to me, in many instances, to simply continue working on that task continuously until it is finished.

However, on occasion I do recognize a personal need to take a break from whatever it is that I am doing, be it from working, studying, and even creating something new. And in those moments I appreciate having the ability to take a break, regroup, and prepare myself for the next phase of the task at hand.

There have been occasions in the past when I was working on some project or task and the powers that be either did not allow me to take a break when it was needed, or they put so much pressure on me that I felt as though I could not take a break without subjecting myself to retaliatory treatment even though the break was much needed. And that is a terrible situation to be in. As human beings we need time to refresh, to give our minds and bodies time to “reset” themselves, and to remind ourselves that life is composed of so much more than whatever project or task that we are working on. And it is extremely disheartening when those who are in a position of authority do not look out for those who are in their charge by honoring this basic human need.

Thankfully, more often than not, the decision whether or not to take a break while working on some project or task has been my own, and that is exactly how I always want it to be. #lovebythedrop

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