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When did you just take time out just for yourself?

I came across a poem the other day which I think profoundly sums up the importance of taking a little bit of time out every day just for you. If you have a garden or a park nearby, go outside on a good day, or sit yourself beside a window. Look out for a minute, then just close your eyes, listen to the birds singing or put on your favorite song, spend a few minutes not thinking of all the things you have to do and relax both body and mind. We often tend to think that taking a rest when there is so much to be done is the equivalent of being lazy. This really isn’t the case.

The words of this simple short poem by J Lubbock really sums up the value of a little bit of Time Out.


Rest is not idleness,

and to lie sometimes on the grass

under trees on a summer’s day,

listening to the murmur of the water,

or watching the clouds float across the sky

is by no means a waste of time.


Why not see if you can find a little bit of space in your life for you this week?

Maria Brady

Activity Coordinator & CQO at Maria’s Place