The Value in Taking a Break


Jack and Jill raced up the hill. Jack was an ass, that ran really fast for as long and hard as he could — never looking left, right, up or behind him. He passed out at mile marker 3 and no one’s ever heard from him since.

Jill on the other hand, was a little smarter. She understood the challenges of the race and tried to set a good pace from the start. After every couple miles she’d listen to her tiring body and take a break, where she’d reflected on all the mistakes she was making along the way. It’s how she noticed she was falling behind schedule and made a vow to stop adjusting her run so that it was attractive to other people. It’s also how she discovered that she loved to keep pace with other runners who inspired her to win and made a mental note to keep up with them more often. And most importantly, all of Jill’s breaks always let her see that she wasn’t too terrible of a runner after all — maybe not the best, but definitely not the worst. And she was actually quite comfortable with that.

With her handful of learnings, Jill finished the race with a quick breather here and there; providing her with the time and space to gather insight on how to move ahead at her best pace. When she reached the top of the hill, with a world of beaten obstacles beneath her, there was no better feeling in the world.

The little breaks we take in life aren’t terrible for us. They help us to reflect, pivot, recuperate and restructure exactly how things are going. If you’ve been thinking it’s time to get back to the climb, but feel bad about how long you’ve been away — don’t over think it. Just go already! Start climbing again and eff up big time. Then take a breather like Jill and correct yourself along the way. It’s a universal struggle we all share: we all have our hills to climb. But we should never let time, our mistakes, or our fears rob us from the win that’s still pounding in our hearts.

So…GO… CLIMB. The view from the top is far too beautiful to miss.

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