Sometimes the Most Productive Thing You Can Do Is Rest

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is restWe have a nice, long, Memorial Day weekend ahead.  I hope you don’t have to work.

If you don’t, I encourage you to spend some time “resting.”  By resting I do not mean spending money to go off to a far away beach; gettting on plane, trane or car with screaming kids; or stressing out about having the in-laws over for the traditional Bar-B-Que.  Instead, I mean unplugging, disconnecting and doing only what you are called to do in that moment.

When was the last time you didn’t do laundry, you didn’t work, you didn’t do something for someone else, you just “didn’t do?”  You just “were.”

I admit it’s really hard to do.  I find it almost impossible not to work, or at least not to think about work.

I love what I do.  I mean I LOVE what I do.  It’s not work to me to serve my clients, but even though I love it so, I do get tired.

Join me this weekend in just “being,”

Here are the rules…

1.  You don’t have to “rest” all weekend if you don’t want to.  Actually the thought of just being quiet in the nothingness might terrify you.  It does me.  Just do it for at least a whole 24-hours and for as long as you feel called to do it.

2.  Obviously if you have people that truly depend on you (ie babies, elderly parents, and the like) you can’t totally disconnect.  They HAVE to come first.   You are excused from this (sorry).  But you can get a reputable sitter perhaps and still participate for a short period of time.  You are on your own to use your best judgement here.

3. Husbands, grown children, bosses and clients do not count as helpless people that need you 24/7.  If they can fend for themselves for a mere 24 hours without loss of life, marital detriment, or financial fiasco, let them.  It’s only 24 hours remember?  In fact, why not ask them to join you in the experiment?

4.  You don’t have to meditate, or eat weirdo food, or do anything odd.  Just do what you want to do.  Want to spend a day watching Real Housewives of Orange County marathons?  Do it.  Want to read a book?  Good for you.  Want to get your nails done, go for a walk, cook all day, go shopping or just sit and look out a window?  I don’t care and you shouldn’t either.  For a day, just do whatever you feel like doing with whomever you please (even alone if you want).

Here’s what I’m hoping to gain from this….

1.  I hope to feel rested and refreshed.

2.  I hope to enjoy life a little more.  Why do we work so hard anyway?  Sure we have bills to pay, goals to reach and dreams to fulfill.  I get that. But we’re talking a mere 24-hours.

3.  By taking my attention off of the grind, I hope to be able to actually, ironically, come back to it, stronger, more determined, you know, fiercer.  (is fierce a word? If not is should be). I hope to delight in my work more because I have focused elsewhere for a while.

If you are planning to do this or have done this and learned something from this, comment below.  We learn through eachother’s experiences and we all want to know what you learned so that we can grow together.

Sometimes the most diffiicult thing is to “rest” but this weekend I will be spending some time doing nothing fancy, nothing in particular.  I don’t even know what it will be yet, but it will be something I feel like doing.  Join me, won’t you?  Well …as long as you feel like it too.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Your experiment describes my life. I live quietly alone in a large, two-story house. It’s just me & the ghosts. I’m free to do as I please. When I lived with other people my life was never this serene, or felt so sublime.

    • Dianne, what a blessing to always do as you please!

  2. Lourdes – I had this exact coversation this past week with someone! “Resting” is so important to maintain a balance in life!

  3. Amen, sister! So many of us need to learn and be reminded of the usefulness of rest!

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