EXIT AT THE REST STOP
I hereby declare
a “BE GOOD TO MYSELF” day!
I’m going to chill out this very day
and let my motor idle and delay work
on my endless deadlines and goals.
I’ll ignore the flak from the nervous crowd
which criticizes my non-productivity.
I’ll say “No thanks!” to their generous offer
to buy me an expensive ticket
for a guilt trip to Stressed out Land.
I plan to soft pedal my fortissimo
and play awhile in pianissimo.
I’ll snuff out both burning wicks
from my shortening two-ended candle
and put aside my perpetual “to do” list
scratching over it: “Someday—maybe.”
I’ll loosen the tense strings of my life
and seize an interval of healthy fun
letting others join the rat race I usually run.
I’ll shut my ears to “Do it now!”
and procrastinate till it’s really too late.
I’ll simply bow out for a day
and let my spirit romp and play.
God and I will sit down together
on a porch swing in a gentle breeze
to enjoy a rest at His invitation.
We’ll call “Time out!” as He did
when His creation work was done.
I’ll deliberately neglect responsibility
for an entire twenty-four hour day
and close my ears to the drum beat others play.
I’ll march at my own more sagacious pace
and not compete in life’s drag race.
I’ll not insist on making things happen
but relax in God’s tender silent grace.
I plan to do absolutely nothing today,
just let the world accelerate away.
I’ll lighten up and boldly say
“Today I declare a holiday!”
I’ll loaf and lounge all I jolly well please
and let my throbbing hot engine cool
before I succumb to burnout
and have to be towed away!