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MY OWN INDEPENDENCE DAY
7/3/2020 6:50:00 PM by: Leona Choy

The 4th of July—Okay, so I'm going to declare my own INDEPENDENCE DAY. I'm not going anywhere or do anything. I live alone and I like it that way. Never lonely. So no BBQ, no picnic, no beach, no fireworks—and no computer or writing either. My decision. If I want to, I'll sleep late, eat jelly donuts for breakfast, read a novel all day—or sit and dream under the sun umbrella on the deck with ice cold lemonade—if the temp is not too hot. Or take two or three naps—why not?

I'm not going to cook for myself or for anyone else, hear? I'll scrounge for sustenance in the refrigerator—or eat all the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream in the freezer. Or I'll go out by myself and pick up some Take-Out of forbidden, greasy, fried stuff. That is, unless anyone wants to come by and bring me a hot dog from your grilling party....

This is not my normal behavior. It's not because anyone pushes me, but I tend to push myself—a lifelong habit. I'm a highly-motivated goal-setter even at 95. I have a strong sense of purpose and a lifetime calling from God which He has not revoked. But He has smiled on me and modified His expectations for me.

This rather intense lifestyle does have a flip side—I have to deliberately schedule time—like today—to smell the roses, slow my pace and unwind. From time to time I intentionally "declare my independence" from all usual routine and "exit at the REST STOP!"

I'm going to take a delicious, leisurely, laid back DO NOTHING DAY on the Fourth. Don't bother to call me. I may not answer. All day long I'm just going to be a happy camper in the air-conditioned comfort of my home which I call, “Eagle Summit.”

EXIT AT THE REST STOP

Leona Choy

 

I hereby declare my independence

with a “DO NOTHING DAY!”

 

I’m going to chill out today

and let my motor idle and delay work

on my perpetual deadlines and goals.

I’ll ignore the flack from the nervous crowd

who may not understand

my escape from productivity.

I’ll say “No thanks!” to their generous offer

to buy me an “all expenses paid” ticket

for a guilt trip to Stressed Out Land.

 

I plan to soft pedal my fortissimo

and play awhile in pianissimo.

I’ll lay aside my endless “to do” list

scratching across it:

“Some other day—maybe.”

I’ll seize an interval of healthy fun

and back off from 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 one single day

to let my spirit romp and play.

 

God and I will sit down together

on a porch swing in a gentle breeze

to enjoy a break—At His invitation

we’ll call “Time out!” as He did

when His six day creative work was done.

 

I’ll deliberately neglect responsibility

and purposely pamper myself

for an entire twenty-four hour day

and close my ears to the drumbeat others play.

I’ll march at my own more sagacious pace

and not compete in life’s frantic drag race.

I’ll not insist on making things happen

but relax in God’s silent grace.

 

I plan to do absolutely nothing today,

and let the world just accelerate away.

I’ll loosen the strings of my fully-taut bow

and release my built up tension.

I’ll lighten up and state my intention:

“Today I declare my own holiday!”

I’ll loaf and lounge all I jolly well please

and let my overheated engine cool

—before I succumb to burnout

and have to be towed away!

 


Comments

Jennifer From New Jersey At 7/5/2020 12:44:50 PM

Oh, Leona, I love this!! So clever, so fun, so you with your incredible wordsmithing. I’m only 75, but felt similar and was happy in my “not doing anything today.” This is a keeper and I know I’m going to be rereading it to fully absorb its wonderfulness of your freedom declaration!

Reply by: Leona Choy

(I'm just catching up). Thanks for your encouragement, my cheerleader. We need balance: time off for R& R and fire to go forward in His strength.

Nancy Hoag From Bozeman Montana At 7/4/2020 2:18:22 PM

Love it, love it, love it! Thank you, Leona...........me, too, too often even in my "old age" to feel as if I need to be doing! But this doing "nothing" or only what *I* feel like doing? What an amazing and satisfying idea. Blessings and hugs, Nancy~

Reply by: Leona Choy

We need both, Nancy, in balance, right? R&R and also the Holy Spirit's energizing to keep abounding in the work He has still entrusted us with.

Joseph S. From Toronto, Canada At 7/4/2020 12:46:56 PM

Thank you for sharing. However, that sounds so selfishly planned to have this Joyful Annual Holiday. Please let me know how you felt by the end of this DAY. May God bless your days ahead anyway as says the Bible verse in Philip.4:4

Reply by: Leona Choy

By the end of that day it was all good. I needed the R & R because I so seldom take time off, always trying to abound in the work of the Lord. So my plan was not indeed selfish, Joseph. All things in balance.

Mark Ho From Maryland At 7/4/2020 9:23:31 AM

Right on! Sister, a person should have at least one his/her own "independent Day". once a year! Haha, :-)

Reply by: Leona Choy

All things in balance. I so seldom take R & R because I feel that the time is short and we must keep abounding in the work of the Lord. More fruit to give the Lord for His glory.

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