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Renewal: It’s Time For Me To Take A Short Break


After the long, snowy winter we endured here in the Northeast, the feel of warm sun on my face and the sight of flowers beginning to show off their vibrant colors is a welcome relief. It’s the perfect time for me to take a breather; a short break from writing.

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…” ~Susan Polis Schultz

I need some time to power down and appreciate what’s all around me. When my son told me I’m on my computer more than anyone he knows I knew I needed to take a break. After all, I don’t want to live a parallel life to Joaquin Phoenix in the movie “Her.” Falling in love with my operating system is not an option.

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ~Tom Bodett

The year 2015 has been filled with many challenges for us and I need a chance to breathe. Like the budding flowers in our garden I, too, want a chance to feel renewed.

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ~Rumi

When I return I’ll continue writing to enlighten, educate and empower you. Writing is what I love to do, and using my words to make a difference in someone’s life is one of my greatest joys.

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” ~Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

I’d like to share this last quote with you because I fell in love with it. It has a powerful message for all of us. Remember to always take care of yourself first and everything else will fall into place.

Learn to love yourself for who you are and the value you add to the world.

“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.” ~ Aberjhani, Journey Through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotation from a Life Made Out of Poetry



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28 thoughts on “Renewal: It’s Time For Me To Take A Short Break

  1. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Godspeed to you, my friend. You are wise to take time to recharge. We get so caught up in our routines that sometimes we do forget to smell the beautiful spring flowers. We will miss you but you deserve this break! xo

      1. Ellen Kuras

        When one is always giving out, there is no time to take back in. No wonder those of us on the go sometimes feel empty and without fulfillment. Like the seasons, our own eco-cycle needs to be renewed. Spring reminds us how rejuvenating renewal can be. Wisely, Cath, you are scheduling in that time. Enjoy taking in the world. We look forward to hearing from you afterwards! xx

        1. Post author

          Ah, and all is right with the world. That is how I feel whenever I read your words. And feel your heart. And we help lift each other up through all of life’s changes. Aren’t we blessed? Yes, indeed. Thank goodness for that swing set so long ago.

          Renewal to us both, dear one. Until we meet again, I send you my love and thanks for leaving your comments. It means the world to me. xoxo

  2. Mary Sypawka

    Cathy, you never cease to inspire me. I think it takes courage to put the brakes on! I wish you all the best. I will see you when you return,
    Mary Sypawka

  3. Miriam Hendeles

    Oh Cathy, I completely understand your need for some space from writing. You are such a prolific writer and have put out an enormous amount of content, all very inspiring and uplifting. I hope you enjoy your hiatus from all that writing and come back when you are ready. Enjoy the fresh flowers and blooming and gorgeous surroundings (not that you didn’t always enjoy it…you, the lover of nature…) and get some much needed rest.

    It’s funny – I’m kind of at the opposite end of the spectrum these days (sort of). I’ve taken a long break from steady writing. I barely blog these days and I kind of miss it. I used to blog weekly and now I’m lucky if I get a post out once a month or even less frequently. There are days that I just use my iphone and don’t turn on my laptop.

    So there must be a happy medium. Anyway, enough philosophizing. I applaud you in all your endeavors and activism and I’ll miss your steady writing…but I know it’s a good choice for you.

    Have a great weekend!
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  4. Elin Stebbins Waldal

    Good for you, Cathy. Spring is a time of renewal, affording yourself the space to reclaim personal time is so important. So cheers to spending time with the people you love and refueling yourself in a way that will leave you feeling replenished. Enjoy!
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  5. Doreen McGettigan

    Enjoy every second of your break. I look forward to your return and seeing you in 27 DAYS OMGOODNESS! Rest up!

  6. janet tancredi

    Cathy, I’m so computer unsavy! I posted this whole comment and lost it! Basically it was all accolades to you! I too, feel about Springtime as you do. When I worked in the city, I referred to it as the bees came out of their beehives. Everything and everyplace, were filled with people. It truly was exhilarating! Your blog has had a tremendous impact on me. At this time I would like to say, ” thank you”. Most importantly, take time for you and enjoy!

  7. Sheila

    Oh Cathy I bet this was a hard decision, but once made, very freeing.
    Enjoy your time away from writing…I’m sure you’ll have a lot to write about when you come back!

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