Busy. Busy. Busy.
“I am so busy! There is so much to be done and I have to do it all. I have to keep up. Go go go! You only have two days off. You must get as much as you can done. Rest is for the weak.” -Myself.
Beep. Beep. Beep. Is that the alarm already? Can’t be…Now it’s time for work and arrive exhausted. But at least I filled my entire schedule! Busy is the new status quo.
The definition of Busy: Having a great deal to do.
A little over a year ago, I heard a sermon about the importance taking a day of rest. We were created for a day of rest.
On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. – Genesis 2:2
We need it. We have to have it. Not only is it biblical, not only is it in our very being, not only is it scientifically proven necessary, but it feels so darn good.
Here we go.
I decided to give it a try. I will admit, the first couple of weekends I felt like such a slacker. Things weren’t getting done. Well, things I thought needed to get done. As it turns out, that was just busy work. Busy work on my days off! What an eye opener.
Returning to work refreshed! When asked by others what I did over the weekend, I simply replied “rested.” Do you know how many people said they were jealous! That I was lucky to have rested.
You’re So Lucky.
“You’re so lucky, I wish I could have rested.” This is a common reply when I tell people I really didn’t overdo it. Wait, don’t we all have the same 24 hours? I mean, I am not laying in my bed all day. I am prioritizing though. Discovering what really is important. No, I am not a CEO of a multi-million dollar company. My demands aren’t life or death situations but I am busy too. I have demands too so I get it. But I have decided to live life, not merely survive it. I am no sacrificing my health, joy, quality time with my child, the outdoors or rest for the sake of who can do more in a day than their peers.
I have decided to live life, not merely survive it.
The word rest literally means to “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.” And another meaning, “an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity.”
When is the last time you laid on the grass and stared at the clouds? Or had a picnic? Or read a book for hours completely lost in it? Is your only time of complete rest during the occasional vacation? Life is far too precious and far too short.
I am going to share with you a few suggestions on how to embrace the slow pace:
- Say No. You do NOT have to commit to every invite. To every activity. And you do not have to give a reason why.
- Tech Free. Set aside 2 hours where there is absolutely no technical devices of any sort. No cell phone. No TV. No computer. Live like the “caveman” for a bit.
- Pamper. It is not selfish taking care of yourself. You cannot pour from an empty cup.
- Invest in Slippers. Your feet need love too.
- No Rush Morning. I have set aside ONE morning a week that I do not have to get up to be anywhere at all. No meetings. No events. It is my one morning a week that I get to fully live like those in the movies, eating breakfast in bed.
What do you think? Can you do it? I challenge you and would love to hear how its going!