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Guest Blogger: Lisa Hammond

by Matt on July 27, 2011

Here’s a post from Lisa Hammond, author of Oh Thank Goodness, It’s Not Just Me!

I have a quote hanging up that says, “At worst a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.” Rose Macaulay already had that figured out back in 1881.  She was way ahead of her time!

Summer seems like the perfect time to follow Rose’s lead and really start living your life.  When was the last time you went off to play hooky?  If you can’t remember, I suggest you carve out some playtime for yourself immediately. The work can wait, skip the meeting, let the laundry pile up, and take a break.

I have a friend who used to say he wouldn’t take a day off because he was sure the company couldn’t function without him.  He told everyone he was the guy holding up the sun.  Well, it turns out, after he retired the sun still managed to come up every single day without him.

I think a lot of us are convinced we are the ones “holding up the sun.”  News flash, we aren’t.  The sun is okay without our help.

The world—yes even your own company—will get along just fine without you for a few days, even weeks.  In fact, I truly believe it will even benefit from your absence if you take some time off to recharge your batteries.  As Larry Eisenberg said, “For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.”

Women especially seem to have forgotten the being part of human being. We somehow bought into the human doing theory.  It is easy to forget that we are multidimensional women, and we need to nurture all aspects of our lives. And that includes pleasure.

You are the only one who can schedule down time for yourself.  Make it a priority and enjoy the blissful summer sunshine—because it turns out you aren’t the one holding it up!

Lisa Hammond

The Barefoot CEO ®

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Roli Ugen October 27, 2011 at 5:44 am

Your words awakened me……. I am truly inspired. I am grateful.

Junior Johannes January 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Very true! “We can’t manage time but we can manage whatever is taking up our time”! Great thoughts.

Dan Bickford March 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

I wrote this quote in July of 2011. I was standing on top of a mountain in Maine that I just purchased. ” Sunsets are the ending. Sunrises are the beginning. One takes your breath away. One gives you hope while you take every breath.”

Have a great day!!!

Dan Bickford

Kent Julian April 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Great guest blogger, Matt! Yes, I definitely agree that sometimes we definitely need to invest on ourselves more than just doing work all the time. The concept of leisure is a good way to invest in ourselves. However, it is not vegging in front of the TV for three or four hours every night. That’s lethargy. True leisure involves participating in activities that add value to your life and family, and it’s this “adding value” part that makes leisure a key to success.

Thanks for posting and keep on inspiring! :)

Paul Webster September 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

This reminds me of a book called Fear of Flying where the passenger flying was convinced that the only reason the plane stayed in the air was because of the white knuckle grip they had on the arm of the seat. One moments relaxation of that grip and the plane would crash. I will admit I’ve been there myself, not with flying, but by trying to maintain control over my circumstances.

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