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.
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.
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!