Have you ever noticed that we live in such a fast pace society that everything, everywhere, every time tells you to just keep going? “Push through no matter what, if you don’t you’re missing out”. While all that is great and motivating, sometimes we can get so caught up that we simply forget that it’s OK to take an occasional pause and REST. We rush from here to there and often times miss the beautiful moments of life. When was the last time you spent a few hours to be aware of and enjoy your surroundings without a million other things preoccupying your mind?
I personally tend to “push through” until I literally shut down; mentally, emotionally, sometimes even physically. This is not healthy at all. I become so run down that everything I’m working on becomes a chore and I just lose all desire and motivation to do things and be around people….that’s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago. So far, 2017 has been a year of new “journeys” for me in so many ways but I hadn’t gotten the chance to really sit and allow it all to set in. It’s been one thing after the other to the point where I found myself asking how and why I was involved with so many groups and activities. (It’s ok to say “no” post probably coming soon 🙂 ) Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE what I do and I know it’s all part of God’s plan for my life…..but a car doesn’t run on an empty tank and neither do humans. I needed to rest, reflect and refresh.
Last week, I was able to get away for a few days and spend some personal time. Resting does NOT mean laziness. It gave me a chance to catch up with old friends and really ENJOY their company without having to rush to the next thing. It allowed me to have limitless moments of reading, prayer and simply reflecting in silence. I also slept and ate a lot more than I expected…don’t judge, I needed it! Returning to my weekly routine this week, I felt full (mentally & spiritually lol) and ready to get back into the swing of things!
Going forward, to avoid “overwork syndrome”, I plan to be consistent and incorporate a few hours a week to intentionally rest. Not thinking about work or the next email or group chat text reminder I have to send out, but spending simple quiet time. Whatever it is that needs to be accomplished will still be there, remember to rest. #hiswordsmywriting xoxo
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