SOAPBOX of the week: permission to pause

 “All the animals excepting man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.”     – Samuel Butler, author

Ain’t that the truth!  I’ll wager that you scarcely remember the last time you cashed in a handful of your jillion back-logged sick days for some blissful R&R.  And, when you hark back to those retreats filled with unadulterated fun, you wonder, under furled brow, why you needed to convince yourself that you’d “earned” this.  What are you saving up for anyway?  Perhaps you’ve forgotten the definition of the pleasurably promising word: Va·ca·tion.  If you find you qualify as one these vocab-deficient, self-neglecting workaholics, there’s no need to identify yourself…just get off your can and vacate the premises!  Be it for a week or a wink, allow yourself the time off and time out. Because you deserve it!  Don’t merely survive.  Thrive!  We are all in the business of living first. And business is goood!

Copyright 2008 by Kimberlie Dykeman
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SOAPBOX of the week: treasured ties of fellowship

“A friend is somebody you want to be around
when you feel like being by yourself.”     – Barbara Burrow, author

We all have those days.  You don’t want to cry, but a shoulder wouldn’t hurt.  You can figure it out on your own, but could use some advice and are open to hearing the truth.  You don’t feel like talking, but wouldn’t mind listening.  You’re fine being by alone, but don’t want to get lonely.  And there THEY are.  They’re not family.  Not sweethearts.  But when you’re apart, life just ain’t nearly as fabulous!  And that defines true friendship.  Whatever you call them…if you’ve found your anamchara, soul friend, or BFF.  Love them.  Cherish them.  Nurture them.  For the love and loyalty you devote to your friends creates a lifeline to getting the most out of your life and really experiencing all it has to offer… especially when you feel not leaving the house!

Copyright 2008 by Kimberlie Dykeman 

Pure Soapbox available nationwide online and where books are sold.

A portion of the proceeds of all book sales is donated to LIVESTRONG.