In this day and age we tend to feel obligated to make ourselves accessible at all times (maybe it was the same in the past too, I don’t know). But, it’s okay (necessary actually) to have some boundaries in relation to our contact with other people.
It’s okay to leave your cell phone at home sometimes. It’s okay to unplug your land-line for a while. It’s okay to not look at your email today. It’s okay to not answer the door for the Jehovah’s Witness. It’s okay not to go to the party you were invited to.
It’s okay to set these types of boundaries and not feel bad about it or justify it to anyone.
We learned from a young age not to allow peer pressure to cause us to do things that are not in our best interest and we teach our own children the same thing, yet we tend to think this advice doesn’t apply to adult situations.
The most important person you need to spend time with is yourself, something many folks are afraid to do. They are afraid of what they will find inside. But we are not ourselves if we don’t take the time to get to know ourselves. And if we don’t know ourselves, we tend to live a life that serves not necessarily the needs, but the demands, of others.