It's Okay to Rest
"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." -Lin Yutang
I’ve developed a bad habit. My friends constantly comment on this habit and ask me why do I do it. They tell me I’m crazy and that they don’t envy me. I’ve developed the habit of busyness. Why is this a “bad” habit? Because I am finding it more difficult to enjoy the moments when I have down time. And this is so not cool. I sign up to work on my days off from my full-time job. (I’m on a debt free journey so we will get into this in another post). I have three jobs. I find things to do around the house. I join groups, I meet with my friends, I work out. I very rarely rest.
My sister told me a few months ago, “I can’t keep up with your schedule. You make me tired.” Honestly, some days I AM tired. I keep my schedule so packed that I now need my iPhone calendar and a planner to keep up with all of the things I need to do. The busier I get, the more my mind goes, and the less I am able to relax. And most of the time, the things I find myself doing can be done at other times. It’s like in school when the teacher used to give us “busy work” to fill up the time.
So today, on my only day off for the next 10 days, I decided to chill. To allow myself to relax and not find things to do. I picked up my brother and my teenage nephew and we went for ice cream. I took a nap. I went for happy hour. I rested. Heck, even God took a day off for rest! If God did it, so can I! He even commands we rest. lol. So If you’re like me and have a super busy schedule, make sure you schedule in some me-time and recharge. Your mind, body, and loved ones will thank you for it.