I love compiling and reading lists.
I find myself in a perpetual rush
and often quickly skim lists
without truly absorbing the information.
I tend to write about the need for rest at the end of the week,
but I thought it would be beneficial to begin
thinking (dreaming) about it early in the week.
Let’s take an inventory this week to make
the pursuit of rest a reality.
You may or may not be like me in your list perusing
and prone to skip steps to get to the pay-off,
regardless, let’s take each part of the rest inventory list
one by one,
day by day.
Think of it as bite-sized daily assignments as we creep
closer to the weekend.
Plus it will keep each post shorter and to the point.
Define what rest looks and feels like to you.
To me, rest resembles time spent refueling my soul.
I like to read, watch movies, take naps, play games, walk
and catch up on my ever-growing pile of magazines.
I like to write if it feels full of ease and empty of tension.
Rest could be throwing a frisbee, dinner with friends,
cooking, baking, doing your art, reading the newspaper
or spending time outdoors.
Maybe it is catching up with a friend, window shopping
or taking a drive beyond the hustle and bustle of the city.
There are some of you reading these suggestions, who
suddenly realize you have no idea what would bring a sense
of rest to their lives.
This is your soul waving a white flag beckoning you to
try some rest on for size.
Start by writing down a few activities you enjoy doing.
What brings a face and soul smile to you after you have
spent time doing it?
If it is a nap, embrace it.
Naps bring me countless joy!
Take a few moments and
- when was the last time I carved out time for rest?
- what does rest look and feel like to me?
- what makes my whole being smile?
Pick one way you like to rest or choose one of my suggestions
and write on a post-it note:
This week I will take time to rest by ________________________.
Stick the note someplace visible to remind yourself.
Feel free to post a note in the comments about how you are
choosing to rest this week.
Let’s encourage one another to be brave in resting.
I will start the comments with
how I am pursuing rest this week.
Tomorrow we will starting digging
holes to deposit rest.