Gretchen Rubin

Butter Scraped Over Too Much Bread–Know the Feeling?

Butter Scraped Over Too Much Bread–Know the Feeling?

For a while, I'd been feeling very...depleted. I kept feeling as though I needed to catch my breath.

As I was trying to describe how I felt, to myself, I was reminded of something Bilbo said to Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. It perfectly describes how I'd been feeling. Bilbo said:

I feel I need a holiday, a very long holiday, as I have told you before...Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can't be right. I need a change, or something."

So I decided to take a few weeks and try to re-charge my battery --which I do mostly through heavy reading. That really, really works for me. Now, once again, I feel like there's enough butter on the bread.

What do you do, when you need to restore yourself?

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