…my blogger friends gave to me: The permission to Rest
No book or blog recommendations or photos needed for this one. Rest looks and feels different for each person. Over the years, rest has looked very different for me. Walking while jamming out to music. Shop therapy at Loose Lucy’s (feels like a lifetime ago now). Reading magazines while drinking hot tea at Barnes and Noble. Napping when my oldest son used to nap in the house (now it’s only the car). Morning quiet time in the kitchen spending time in God’s word and watching the sun rise. Vegging out on the couch watching back to back episodes of my favorite television series. I am currently back to napping when the twins do.
You know what rest looks for you right now in this current season. So do it. For your own well being, and the well being of those you love, take time out of your crazy busy schedule and rest. Pencil it in if you have to.
I don’t think you need convincing that resting is good for you. But, like me, you may not always believe it’s a worthwhile endeavor. The world around us is vying for our attention, lying to us “If you just get this one more thing accomplished…” – you fill in the promise. The biggest lie I fall for is “…you’ll be all caught up”. As a teacher, a mother, and a wife I’ve come to suspect that there’s no such thing as “all caught up”. There’s always more to do. Even the hamster on the wheel takes a break from time to time, right? So, as 2014 winds down, and before we gear up for 2015, let’s give each other permission to rest.
Full disclosure: The 3rd Day of Christmas was yesterday. I took a two hour nap and went to bed at a decent hour rather than stress over hitting the publish button on time.