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“I can be alone without being lonely. In fact, those times of solitude are a necessary respite for a beleaguered soul, set upon by the pressures of life. I need to take whatever moments I can to just be still.” Steve Goodier

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

RESPITE: When are YOU taking a break to rejuvenate? It is easy to put off those necessary moments of respite because so many of us are like hamsters on a wheel. Our lives are loaded with To-dos and getting off that endlessly spinning wheel seems impossible. There are always things to do, commitments and expectations to fulfill, and we think we are indispensable so we grind on. It’s little wonder that we often read about folks who, after years of stress-inducing, life grinding hours, and body/mind/spirit punishing work, keel over and die within weeks of retirement. Take a brief respite and enjoy your life, and time with family and friends. You would feel so much better for it.

Our bodies need periods of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to flourish. Just like perennial plants return to bloom in the summer after resting for about 6 months, the human mind and body need time out for rest.  We all need time to decompress, to shoot the breeze and rejuvenate. Lately, I’ve been feeling like the statue of liberty and her steady gaze on us all as we face the strains of life’s demands. Emma Lazarus’ poem comes to mind and this weary traveler needs a break from the grind. Yes, I need to take a break from blogging and my social media manager roles. I would be remiss if I don’t recommend that you all do the same. Taking time to enjoy a period of respite is essential… take a sabbatical, a breather, a break from the grind, and rest. You owe it to yourself and loved ones. It’s for good reason.
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The New Colossus BY EMMA LAZARUS
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


“Play matters because it gives us a brief respite from the tyranny of apparent purpose.” Jill Vialet

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE


Respite Reminder: I'm Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in occasionally. Back in August!

Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

CHANGES: What have YOU committed to change this year? Recently, I sold my home of 25+ years, found another home in my area, packed up/moved out decades of accumulated stuff, and need to focus on downsizing and editing my possessions.  I must admit that I’ve been a bit of a pack rat who suffers from extreme doses of sentimentality. I still have knickknacks from my kids’ school days as Brownies, artists, and budding musicians. A few years ago, I packed up lots of stuff and donated them to the Salvation Army, and I also put quite a bit in storage.  After watching a few episodes of Marie Kondō’s show and reading her book, I’ve decided to release a ton of stuff and simplify my life.

During the years I worked in fashion retail, I collected my share of designer things that no longer interest me or serve my lifestyle. I still have some designer clothes I bought in London before I moved to NY, tons more I bought here, and bits and pieces of things collected over the years… it’s all become too much. In one of my pack-up moments a few years ago, I misplaced a bag of Hermes scarves and haven’t found them since. Yes, even those Louboutin shoes must go.  I’ve always loved art, books, and shoes, and must pare them down too. I believe that we can open the door to new experiences of growth when we remove excesses from our space and lives. It takes effort and commitment to get to that place of simplicity, and focusing on making definitive changes in my life is key for the summer. I simply must do it. Of course, I’ll check in as needed. Hugs and love to all.
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A Moments Indulgence by Rabindranath Tagore
I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by thy side.
The works that I have in hand I will finish afterward.
Away from the sight of thy face, my heart knows no rest nor respite,
and my work becomes an endless toil in a shoreless sea of toil.
Today the summer has come at my window with its sighs and murmurs; and
the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove.
Now it is time to sit quiet, face to face with thee, and to sing
dedication of life in this silent and overflowing leisure


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUN-JUL 2019 are:


05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day



06/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
06/09  –   09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 –   16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking, 
06/30 –    30 BET Awards

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“…and how time flies! What, has it already been twenty years, already forty years that we are together? Why, how terrible! We haven’t yet said all we wanted to say to each other… May we have a little respite, or else may we be allowed to begin all over again!” Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE


Respite Reminder: I'm Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in occasionally. Back in August!

Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

Motivation Mondays: RESPITE

Life seems to be a process of replacing one anxiety with another and substituting one desire for another–which is not to say that we should never strive to overcome any of our anxieties or fulfill any of our desires, but rather to suggest that we should perhaps build into our strivings an awareness of the way our goals promise us a respite and a resolution that they cannot, by definition, deliver. Alain de Bottom


SABBATICAL: Have you ever taken a leave from your job? How did you spend your time? From time to time, academics and others in related fields take a leave of absence to focus on pressing matters. It could be for research work that needs chunks of concentrated time, family care-provider needs, or time out to reassess career goals and make choices that are more in alignment with current needs. I think everyone ought to have the opportunity to take a sabbatical, even a short one because it can be a time of great creative growth. Our creativity shines when we spend some time for reflection to nurture it and make it flourish. If we are constantly on an automatic response, we give our minds little room for reflection and expansion. The end result is bureaucratic behavior, increased stress, and a reduction in our quality of life.

TAKING A BREATHER: Enjoying the languid days of summer, clearing space for new experiences/growth, and starting the next phase of my life in a new home will offer the best time/opportunity to focus on making radical changes to my space. I will listen to the inner guide that has protected me all my life and take time off. More to come. Stay tuned!
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Positive Motivation Tip: Respite is essential… take a sabbatical, a breather, a break from the grind, and rest. YOU owe it to yourself and loved ones.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos –   via Wikipedia and  RESPITE, REST via Pixabay 
Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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36 Comments leave one →
  1. Geraline Batarra permalink
    26/06/2019 2:33 am

    Such a great content and I love story told above. It was really something to keep in mind.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:46 am

      Thank you Geraline

  2. Amy-Lynn Denham (@amylynnwriting) permalink
    26/06/2019 3:49 am

    Ahh a break. God, how we all need a break. I think we need to make room for this every day (even if just a few minutes). To slow down, catch our breath, and just be. I also think it’s good to get away now and then or to even just be home alone and let your mind relax.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:43 am

      Yes, respite for me is downtime to rest, relax and unpack the boxes in my new home

  3. vivirewellness permalink
    26/06/2019 5:04 am

    I agree, taking a break is essential. We all need to practice self love and self care!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:42 am

      It sure helps…

  4. Steph permalink
    26/06/2019 5:31 am

    Our lives get so busy, it’s more important than ever to take time to yourself! I recharge in solitude! This is a great reminder to relax a bit after all the hard work is done:)

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:42 am

      I’m glad it spoke to you

  5. Erin permalink
    26/06/2019 5:40 am

    So important to take time for yourself!

  6. Danielle Jones permalink
    26/06/2019 5:47 am

    Great stuff. Are the photos all yours?

  7. kendracase17 permalink
    26/06/2019 6:03 am

    I really connected with the respite part of your Motivation Monday. I am all too familiar with pushing myself and taking on a lot at once without thinking about what I may actually need. Great post! I’d like to include a quote that I think goes with this theme! “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” – Plato

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:45 am

      We all are and often imagine we are indispensable… no one is. If we keel over from a stroke, we will be replaced at work.

  8. Sophia Damasceno permalink
    26/06/2019 6:27 am

    I love reading your motivation Mondays. As we are coming closer to the end of the month I am working on setting bigger and more aligned goals for July.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:45 am

      Good for you!

  9. Gabby permalink
    26/06/2019 6:28 am

    Love, love, love the poems. Definitely speaks to the heart about taking time for yourself and assessing your mental health.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:45 am

      Mental health is important

  10. Wendy Polisi permalink
    26/06/2019 7:13 am

    I definitely struggle with taking a moment to myself. It’s hard to make ourselves slow down sometimes!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:46 am

      You are not alone

  11. Cavanşir Gadimov permalink
    26/06/2019 8:41 am

    Motivation is one thing I need nowadays. Nice blog. Saw your post…

  12. musingsandadventureswriter permalink
    26/06/2019 11:16 am

    Respite aka self-care needs o be practiced by all but in this rat-race of a country, it is really hard to ease off the grind. Still, I try to make Sundays a lazy day with much sleep, skin care/haircare et al. I’m sentimental too and have only just begun letting things go because of space, or lack of.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:46 am

      We can still try… nevre late 🙂

  13. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    26/06/2019 12:14 pm

    Something all of us desperately need at some point in our lives. A few months ago, I was just so ready to give up that I was thinking of getting on a bus to somewhere, just anywhere, away from all the responsibilities that has been thrown upon me. I just need some time away. Alone.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:47 am

      We all need down time

  14. explorewithnelly permalink
    27/06/2019 2:04 am

    I am glad I work a relaxed job so I always rejuvenate but I need to change up my eating habits and I watched Marie Kondo as well and it was a bad idea in a great way I sold all my clothes lmao

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:47 am

      Indeed very fortunate

  15. Anagha Paul permalink
    27/06/2019 2:19 am

    I extremely need a break to rejuvenate. My commitment is to have little goals which sometimes I achieve and sometimes not.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:50 am

      Take the break. What are you waiting for?

  16. Art & Home permalink
    27/06/2019 3:33 am

    I have considered – several times lately – taking a sabbatical from my job. My brother, who is a University Professor – does this on a semi-regular basis, and it really seems to rejuvenate him.

    Unfortunately, in my profession, these types of opportunities are not offered nor encouraged, so I have never been able to experience what this would be like. .

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:49 am

      Give it to yourself. Professors do give it to themselves.

  17. Ryan K Biddulph permalink
    27/06/2019 5:38 am

    I love this message. Plenty of yoga and solo time for me. We shine for the world by spending ample time solo, to accept ourselves and our beauty as we are.


    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:49 am

      Well said! Solo time is food for the brain and our creativity. 🙂

  18. Stephanie permalink
    27/06/2019 1:42 pm

    I’m about to start my two-weeks vacation, respite, and rejuvenation. We just got to Florida and will be here for two weeks, including a few kid-free days while my husband and I are at a board gaming convention followed by a week at the beach with my whole family.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:50 am

      Sounds heavenly. Enjoy the vacation!


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