• 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 19 (A Day of Rest)

    Allow yourself to be still

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Day 19 of 100 Days of Good Karma.

    When was the last time you took a day off?

    Think about it.

    Not just a Saturday or a Sunday where we try to cram in all the hours we missed at home during the work week. Where we run kids to soccer practice or grocery shop for three hours or get the oil changed in the car.

    Not catching up on laundry or scrubbing toilets.  Not hopping in the car to visit someone for the weekend.

    Definitely not a three day weekend where we tend to stay up too late, eat too many grilled hamburgers and drink too much beer.

    Think back.

    A full day truly dedicated to rest.

    Can’t remember?  I couldn’t either.

    But that’s what I got on Day 19.

    Keeping up with life can be exhausting.  I drive myself long after my energy tank is empty then run on fumes just to get one more thing done.  As Americans, we feel guilty if we aren’t constantly productive.

    But you can’t be constantly productive.

    Don’t get me wrong.  Working hard is important, whatever you’re working at.

    Maybe you’re trying to make enough money to support your family.  Maybe you’re in college determined to graduate and make a better life for yourself.  Maybe you’re searching for answers after being diagnosed with a terrible disease.

    But after a while we drag ourselves through the motions, pushing just a little harder then a little harder until we cease being effective.  We’re convinced that if we keep pushing we’ll get that job, get a good grade, find a cure.

    But without adequate rest we can’t see clearly anymore, and we stop being productive at our work.

    I know after all the tests were over on Tuesday, I was exhausted beyond words.  That exhaustion carried into the next day.

    So I made myself rest.

    I did not run on the treadmill, even though I thought I should.

    I did not do housework, even though I thought I should.

    I did not go to the grocery store or organize cabinets or take books back to the library.

    Even though I thought I should.

    I read a book.

    I took a nap.

    I rested.

    And I feel all the better for doing so.

    We should give ourselves permission to rest once in a while.

    It helps us remember why we’re fighting so hard in the first place.

    Today’s silver lining:  A day of rest. 

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!


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12 Responsesso far.

  1. Pat Sincox says:

    I really look forward to these “reports” every day. If I had so much running through my head (not likely), I do not think I could sleep the night before. You make me smile, Karma Lady…..

    If I were not so challenged this morning (still suffering from post-Counting Crows concert syndrome), I would attach a couple of pictures. But I will describe them to you instead.

    The first is my 2-year old grand-daughter showing off her new pink and polka-dotted tutu. She is all smiles and appears to be twirling…..really brightens up the day. I have forgotten how special little girls are….really enjoying this time the second time around. My apologies to her mother, Lauren, and auntie Leisha for not appreciating them more the first time around.

    The second is my new rescue doggie, Sugar Bear. They could not find her yesterday morning. My older daughter, Lauren, finally found her…she was sitting on a chair under the kitchen table. Suagr Bear was apparently unwilling to share her chewie stick with the other dogs (Penny Lane and Rigby), nor my grand-daughter, Miss Violet.

    Both cute pictures……you will just have to use your imagination……

    • Meghan says:

      Well your ‘pictures’ of Violet make me smile, so I’m glad I could return the favor by giving you a smile, too. 🙂

  2. Tammy Fowler says:

    Rest. So important but so hard to do. It seems counter intuitive, but it takes discipline to actually rest as you describe it, when there are so many things undone. I’m glad you got your day of rest, and I hope it was restorative.

  3. Tina Smith says:

    There might have been a day in college after finals, and I didn’t have to work, that I had a day to just read and rest. Not sure if it truly happened, but my brain believes it to be so.

    A real day off sounds like exactly the best thing for stress. Not sure stress is a strong enough word for this. Can we come up with a stronger word for what you were resting from?

  4. You are so right, everyone needs to take time for themselves. Laundry, household stuff can wait a little longer. My house isn’t spotless because I enjoy doing other things besides clean and I feel if you are coming to my house its to see us not look to see if its spotless, I don’t go to your house to check out if its clean. After Uncle Bill had the car accident it made us both look at life in a different manner, we do the things we love and don’t waste time getting into the “rush hour” of life.

    You have alot of living to do!!

    Lots of Love,
    Auntie Minute

  5. Annette says:

    Morgan is on a plane right now returning to the States. It always sends me into a big funk when she leaves. Right now I just finished reading your posting and you put everything into perspective. I just want to turn everything off and not worry about anything. It can all wait. Thank you! Your posting is my silver lining.

    Lots of love,
    Your Cousin!

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