Time Out Mummy
My little Zen Master of two-and-a-half woke up the other morning and said, “Mummy, no work please.”
I gently informed him that I had to work as the team was waiting for some things from me, but I promised that after 7pm I would be all his. That is how our average day is spent. Well, this was not acceptable to him this time. He whimpered again and said, “please, no work.” Not his usual self.
If you are a parent, I am sure you know how that pulls on the heart strings. How helpless you feel when you know you still have to go on with your work day. I am fortunate as I work from my home office so I do get to spend in-between time with him, but others may have to leave their children for the whole day.
I don’t know if what he had said to me stuck in my subconscious all day, but I found that I was quite useless at work. I could not focus. I could not remember what I had done moments before or what I was supposed to do at that moment, despite my lists.
That day, I took him for his nap in the afternoon. This is where I usually practice my savasana. If I find time to do any yoga at all during the day, this is the one that has truly become a ritual. I take this time to get completely released for 20 minutes, but this time I actually ended up napping with him for 45 minutes. I was exhausted.
And that’s when it hit me. What I thought was not his usual self was, I believe, actually the fact that my little Zen master knew that I needed a time out. It wasn’t him being fussy – it was about me and how I needed to take a break.
Sometimes, we just have to remember to recognize the wisdom of children.
[tags]zen master, savasana, baby, children, wisdom of children, work, daily schedule, exhaustion[/tags]