The Easter weekend comes every year and it's probably the only time that most people get to have a decent long weekend. Of course some people still have to work through it - providing essential services for the rest of us.
For those lucky enough to have the time off though they can find themselves in a bit of a quandary about how to best use the special down time. Should we go away? Should we stay home and catch up on jobs around the house? Should we visit people we don't usually get to see? Should we just get some rest, sleep in and relax? Should we spend the weekend reading or watching tv, those things we like but never seem to have enough time to do?
This is such an issue these days because our time is so pressured, so consumed that we don't ever feel like we ever have enough. So getting some extra time is a little luxury that we don't want to waste.
We can very easily fall into the trap of being so busy doing all the things we feel we should do that it becomes just another busy weekend. On the other hand, if we decide to stay home and just do nothing we might feel relaxed but we might also feel like we just wasted the time when there was so much else we could have done.
How can we get the most out of the weekend then without feeling guilty and without getting exhausted? Perhaps like most things getting the balance right might be the best way - catching up with a few things around the house, having some down time where we do very little combined with doing something that we wouldn't usually get to do. This will give us a sense of having used the weekend well doing things we like as well as doing some of those things we really need to do. Hopefully we will then be able to return to work refreshed and energized but also fulfilled because we did a good variety of things.
It's easy to get caught up in such debates with ourselves or family and friends. When we do that we can also lose sight of just how lucky we are to have the long weekend and the many options surrounding it. For some people they have no choice, they have to work, they are stuck where they are. In keeping with the Easter spirit, it's worth finding a few moments over the long weekend to reflect on that and see if there's any way we can contribute to their strength and wellbeing too.