I took this photo of my son and his children on the beach at Saint George de Didonne recently. It so happened we were the only people on the beach at that point.
I wonder how you make the pauses in your life?
In the part of France where I live now Sundays are still a very different day of the week. Shops close – even the supermarkets – and the pace and feel of a Sunday is distinct. In many societies we have lost that regular point in the week where we can step off the treadmill, relax, sit back, reflect, or do whatever we need to do get a bit of space again in what so often is an over-stuffed busy week.
Holidays can be a time to pause too. A few days in the year where we can just step out of our routines and get the chance to re-connect to ourselves, our values and our priorities.
A time of pause gives us the chance to make conscious choices because it creates a space – in turn, this gives us a chance to shift our perspective and see our lives in their contexts.
So, maybe it would be good to work out where you can create your opportunities to have pauses. And maybe you should allow yourself to enjoy one sometime very soon!