Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Playing on a rope swing.
No matter who you are or how you get through this thing we call life, it is fair to say that the act of “living” is no mean feat. Whether you are a jaguar hunting its dinner through the rainforest or a guy named Hunter who sells Jaguars on commission, just getting through a day can take a lot out of a person.

Sometimes you may feel as though your job/spouse/children/parents/house/bills/etc. are sucking the life out of you, wearing you down, grinding away at your person-hood.

They are.

Most people love their children. Many love their spouses and are fond of their homes and lifestyles. Some twisted individuals even enjoy their professions.** Even so, each of these demands at least a little, if not a great deal, from you, every day – your time, your energy, your effort, your attention. At the end of the day it's easy to find that you've given it all away – all of your self.

It is for this reason that the Yummish feel that the occasional seemingly selfish indulgence is actually an act of great generosity.

Rest, relaxation, vacation, holiday and unapologetic screwing off give us time away from the barrage of need and allow our own Yum to regenerate. In these moments, we heal and re-create ourselves. As we have noted before, it is a basic tenet of the Yummish Faith that you are the gift you give the world. Reserving some time and energy allows you to renew and refresh that precious gift, allowing you to give more of yourself in the future.  

And, yes, thank you... We did have a nice week off.

Today's exercise:  Do something nice for yourself.

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*For matters relating to pro-creation, please visit the gestatingly fabulous Mom In High Heels.

**To clarify, this generally applies to those employed as “professional yachtsmen” or “international hockey scouts” and not those who sweat and toil down on the cube farm.

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