Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Craving Stillness

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I feel like for the last few weeks I've been on the go and I'm craving stillness like no other. I would think that with a long winter where I turn into a hermit that I would enjoy being on the move right now. But when I look at my calendar and see all that is booked I can't help but feel like I just want to put a break on it all; even if it's things that I'm totally looking forward to.

It often feels like everyone needs to be busy. Or maybe appear busy. It’s now considered this great thing to be able to do all the things, all the time. I think it might be because of the fact that social media has kept us bombarded on everyone’s daily activities. Everyone is doing something. Sometimes I wonder if we even think it’s OK to take a break? Does anyone shut it off anymore?

Several months ago, I learned that Sean was going to be working all weekend so I made sure to make no plans and I looked forward to it for weeks. And although, I did not necessarily do nothing, I remember not feeling rushed, stressed or that everything had to be done in just one weekend. I took it soooo slow. I worked out in the morning, I went grocery shopping, I cooked our meals for the week, did some light housework, I caught up on my shows, did some laundry, I memorized a few scriptures, cuddled with my fur-babies, treated myself to two slices from my favorite local pizza place and watered my plants. And when Monday morning rolled around I did not have that dreaded feeling in the bottom of my stomach. I did not stress about the long week ahead of me. I felt ready and prepared for the week ahead. I don’t know, weekends spent at home like that just reminded me how much taking a break from being “busy” is so necessary. I don’t have to do all the things, in fact sometimes it is best to work on my own pace and just take it easy. Because at the end of the day, I am still able to get things done, just at a more relaxing pace.

I use to believe that taking it easy translated to being lazy, but now I see it as being able to put your wellbeing first.
And when I think about it, what's lazy about that?

4 comments:

  1. Nothing at all! I love when everyone is gone and I can just revel in the peace and quiet - it's such a beautiful thing. In the stillness we hear God.

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    1. Ahh, me too, it really is! And yes, I think that's why we probably crave stillness. It's the only time when I can really hear Him.

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  2. I feel the same way when I'm booked up for weekends on end. Which is what usually happens. I would love a day where both Eric and Dominic are gone doing their own respective thing and I can putter around without someone yacking at me. I'm naturally an introvert- so I NEED that time.

    I'm glad you had a wonderful day to yourself and felt prepared for the week ahead. I also feel like I'm being lazy too if I'm just hanging out- but I never know when is enough and when it's not enough.

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    1. I love days when it's just me (and the dogs). I think it's so important to get that me time to just do what you want with no interruptions, etc.

      Well, I guess it depends. If you're doing it all the time then it's a problem. If you're not doing it at all then it's a problem. Balance is key. And thank you! I'm looking forward to my next one although I don't see it in my calendar anytime soon which is a bummer.

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