Mental Vacations

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 I did it.  I took a mental vacation yesterday.  It was fabulous!  I just sat and read all afternoon.  It was a great book about the Chinese culture of binding a woman's foot to make her feet small with a Cinderella thread running through it.  Loved it! 

But, more than anything I loved my little vacation.  I have heard many times comments such as:

"I don't have time to read."
"How do you find the time to read?"
"When I read I'm not a good mom because I neglect my family, so I can't read." 

Well, I won't say that I don't neglect my family (just a little bit) when I read, but I'm usually asking the OPPOSITE question....

"How can you NOT find time to read?"

I can honestly say that reading is a NEED of mine.  I am a much BETTER mom when I am reading something great.  When I am using my mind for something other than the daily tasks that sometimes pile too high.  I need to read for my own sanity and for my own enjoyment and for my own relaxation!  I feel so much better today after yesterdays rondevue. 

I don't know why I forget that.  When I start getting busy (physically and mentally) I forget that I need to be reading and using some form of "escape" so that I can feed the souls of those I have stewardship over.  Of course, I can't do it every day, nor is it as fulfilling when I do this every day....but every once in awhile reading for an extended period of time brings peace to my soul. 

We all have something we need for peace.  Most of us would say it's an exotic beach or being away from the kids for an afternoon or other far-off adventures.  But there is a way we each find peace amidst the dailiness of our lives.  Explore and find what that place is for you!


  1. I feel the same way: "How do you not find time to read?" I love it and need it, too.


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