Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Boldly Napping

Recently I spent a day working on my sofa--and napping on my sofa--from roughly 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Not my usual workday but I got a fair amount done. And caught up on my sleep. (I think.) And I didn't let my laptop crash to the floor and die.

Variations like that in my self-imposed schedule make me a little nervous. As if I'm daringly playing hooky.

Isn't that ridiculous? Or are you familiar with this sensation?



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9 comments:

mamie said...

Oh yes, I know that feeling all too well. First of all, nap=feeling guilty from the outset, but then so does sitting down to read the paper, lying down to read a book, and so on. I have designated one part of my house as a guilt-free zone, and when I go in there I am free to be lazy. Sometimes knocking at the door takes some nerve, though!

BRS said...

Very familiar with that sensation, actually.

And the power nap rules!

Peggy said...

I thought I might hear of others who'd had this experience. You remind me that it's a POWER nap, BRS. That's an important distinction.

Mamie, I'm curious what your guilt-free zone looks like. And how big it is?

Suppose one were to designate one's car, office, and home as guilt-free zones? I don't suppose that the world would fall apart.

Fumblingconfidence said...

A guilt free zone? They exist? In your house? Where did you get this magical thing?

Peggy Payne said...

Good questions, Ms Fumbl...

Maybe a zone consecration ceremony is called for.

Mamie, do you have thoughts on this>

Kelley said...

I definitely suffer from nap guilt, even now when restful sleep has been fleeting. I like the idea of a guilt-free zone. Will see how that works!
Hope you are well, Peggy!

Peggy Payne said...

People with twin babies and a job aren't allowed to feel guilty about naps, Kelley. You just sleep all you want to!

mamie said...

My guilt free zone is an addition we did a couple of years back. I furnished it to be a place of rest and inspiration. It is two rooms, one a very comfortable den-like room (without a television), and the other a meditation/writing/card-making space. I also had to quit seeing my writing and card-making as pasttimes, and see them as a form of creation. This gave me the feeling that I was being productive when I wrote or made cards or read or meditated.

I think that any room could become a guilt-free zone, just as any space can become a meditation space. It is, as I said, the knocking at the door (i.e. entering the space) that is the hardest step. And yes, ceremonies are always in order.

I like the idea of making other spaces guilt-free. I think I'll start with my office. Tomorrow.

Peggy Payne said...

Your approach to your home space and what you do there is wonderful.

And this is starting to remind me of my Lucky Dress I wore in first grade. It was the color of the Caribbean with smocking on the top that my grandmother did. I could have easily called it my Guilt-Free Dress.