So hard to find. So hard to accept. So necessary for surviving. So necessary for thriving.
I don’t like to rest. I feel lazy. I feel non-productive. I feel as if I am wasting time.
And I also am tired, exhausted, worn out. I am not really able to complete anything well because I don’t have the physical or mental energy required. Without rest, I often settle for good enough. Which drives my perfectionism crazy! I must do better. So since I am tired and only doing “good enough,” I must work harder and more often.
Why don’t I rest?
As a parent, I know my children need sleep.
As a therapist, I know the value of rest for mental health.
As a minister, I know the value of rest for spiritual health.
As a teacher, I know that my students need to rest to become more successful.
As a recovering alcoholic, I know that if I do not rest I put myself at higher risk to relapse.
So with all that knowledge, why don’t I rest?
I am on vacation this week. I have nothing planned. I am reading, writing, and watching TV. I am moving from sleeping to sitting. I am talking with friends and family. I am accomplishing nothing.
And it is wonderful.
We can’t all take vacations whenever we feel like it.
But we can all rest. We can all disconnect. We can all give our bodies the chance to recover.
If only we choose to do so.
So here is my challenge to you this week:
Do nothing. Take a break. Relax. Breathe. Even if it is only for 30 minutes. Find some time to be as non-productive, lazy, and time-wasting as you can be. You have permission.