The above title is taken from a talk given by Stefan Sagmeister on Ted.com. Stefan is a New York designer who, every 7 years, closes his business and takes a year long sabbatical. It’s definitely a bold move but as you watch the video (click on the link), I think you will hear that this radical move has impacted him and his business in a very positive way.
I’m on a sabbatical right now myself. After serving 14 years on the mission field, the last 3 in Africa, my husband and I knew we needed some time off. It’s been a great experience and I’ve learned a lot about myself in the process. I’ve just come back from a 7 day personal retreat. Seven days, by myself. It felt long and quiet to not have anyone around me. When you’re a mom and you’re so used to taking care of your family, it’s a strange change. As I was leaving for my retreat, my husband said to me, “Have fun. You deserve it.” That statement hit me hard. Did I deserve it? I mean, as a wife and mother, I chose this life and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Doesn’t my family need me? Well, of course, they do. But there is such a power in time off, even in time off of motherly duties.
It’s a bold step to take time off, whether it be for a weekend, a week, a month, or a year. As a mother wrapped up in busyness, it’s hard for me to put forth the effort to plan time off. After a week by myself, I recognize that something regular in my life needs to be a priority, not an option. I’ve always said that, “Getting alone time just for me helps me to love my family even more.” It takes courage and effort to peel yourself away from the busyness our lives take on as wives and mothers but we (and our family) will be the better for it.
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