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Embracing Rest

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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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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4:51AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

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

12:13AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

thanks.

6:15PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

praise Morpheus!

9:12AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

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

1:45AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

thank you

11:24PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

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.

7:04PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

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!

5:36PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

I stretch out when ever possible!

1:01PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Lovely. Thank you.

2:20PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Beautifully written.

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