Embracing Rest

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. –John Lubbock

I am changing gears at work and releasing much of the day-to-day responsibilities of the business that has defined my days for as long as I can remember. I have hours at a time now when my mind is free from the multitude of details that constantly needed tending and the many complex relationships that required attention. I am finding myself strangely unhurried and feeling the weight of the exhaustion that I have not had time to acknowledge.

In place of my driving need to work, I find myself longing for rest. I feel out of ideas and the fire that has always burned so hot with all that I imagined to do, is little more than a pilot light. I never knew my light could flicker so low, and that I, without panic or concern, would feel like a little is enough. It falls well this fatigue, as it is time for me to pass a baton of sorts.

I have run a good race and the team of runners with me are strong and inspired.  I finally feel like I can, as Plutarch recorded in ancient Greece, enjoy my “rest: the sweet sauce of labor.” I long to swim in that sweet sauce, and immerse myself in the gratitude and peace of a job well done. I find this unfamiliar territory, as I have long seemed wired to multi-tasking and defining myself by what I do. I haven’t really known how to take in the small victories and the well deserved rest. I have always been on to the next thing.

Letting go in the last couple of weeks was painful at first, then a bit clumsy, but now it is starting to feel buoyant. I am heartened by the words of  Ovid,  another ancient roman poet who wrote:  “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” In any cycle of creative generation,  rest must have its turn. I am grateful for the chance to find this part of the rotation and optimistic that sitting idle for a bit will produce surprising magic.

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13 comments

Fiona T.
Fi T.3 years ago

Let's free ourselves from stress but take a good break

rene davis
rene davis4 years ago

thanks.

Empress Ginger
Ginger Strivelli4 years ago

praise Morpheus!

Roxana C.
Roxana Cortijo4 years ago

I cannot avoid feeling guilty when I rest. This article has given me some ideas to do away with such feeling. thanks.

Magdalena K.
Past Member 4 years ago

thank you

Julia R.
Julia R.4 years ago

A wonderful article! There's something to be said for all of us taking a respite from our hectic lives and schedules to rest, and appreciate just the miracle of being alive to take in the beauty of nature, watching our children grow, and feeling peace within ourselves. I do agree with the Roman poet, Ovid and Wendy as well, that rest gives way to finding an even greater magic in ourselves.

Anne Brabson
Anne B.4 years ago

To truly rest and then afterwards feel refreshed is not easy for me now-nor has it been for many years...but I surely believe in its benefits in terms of rewal and creative energy...congrats on achieving it, Wendy!

tiffany t.
tiffany t.4 years ago

I stretch out when ever possible!

Kathy K.
Kathy K.4 years ago

Lovely. Thank you.

Linda O.
Linda Owen4 years ago

Beautifully written.