“I never take breaks.”
I used to proudly this habit. I used to wear this as a badge of honor.
As if not taking breaks was a sign of how strong and brave I am.
And then, with some introspection, the answer was quite evident.
Maybe, I was not being strong or brave.
Maybe, I was trusting enough.
Maybe, I was afraid that if I didn’t work hard, everyone else would get ahead of me. If I didn’t hold on tightly, the answer will slip away from me.
Taking a break might not be that you are running away from your work or your calling.
In fact, it is entirely possible that what you need a break to make progress.
Take a week off. Go for a long walk after lunch every day. Sit quietly and meditate for 20 minutes after an intense meeting.
Stillness is our friend.