“Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains.” – Unknown
There are so many things you could accomplish in this life, but you’ll fail to realize them in excellence and wholeness, if you convince yourself that you must achieve them yesterday or all at once.
Some in our society would argue that the chronic deprivation of self-care is a necessary sacrifice for success. To those individuals, self-care is selfish and slothful.
More often than not, we buy into that notion, or fail to fight against it.
When our tasks exceed our time, we often sacrifice a good night’s rest to expand our capacity to accomplish more tasks. We spend far too much time clawing our way out from under the weight of endless self-imposed “could do’s” to not only forego rest, but also neglect adventure.
How can we reject the mundane, the routine, a small existence, if we passively allow life to happen to us, rather than actively pursue abundant living? When was the last time you allowed yourself to feel the wind beneath your wings? How long has it been since you allowed yourself to be still and find rest in a sea of quiet, until tranquility washed over every part of you? When was the last time you chucked your schedule and set off on an escapade?
Evidence reveals that a lack of sleep leads to a number of health problems and diminished mental capacity. Sleep plays a critical role in our thinking and learning. Let’s face it, some of us are walking zombies throughout the week, giving less than the best of ourselves to any person or area of our lives.
A study revealed that four out of 10 Americans don’t use all of their vacation days for fear of how much work they’ll find on their desk when they return. Researchers call this the “martyr complex” because these individuals believe that they’re the only ones who can do their jobs.
Is work-life balance just a pretty figurine in an unbreakable case?
According to a August 20, 2014 article in Deseret News, there are 7 benefits to taking vacations/breaks: 1) better physical health, 2) greater productivity, 3) closer family relationships, 4) newer perspectives, 5) increased mental power, 6) less chance of burn out and 7) improved mental health.
Why wouldn’t we take advantage of “me time,” creative excursions, or opportunities to rest and relax?
In all honesty, most days I am mentally bound to an infinite scrolling task list. I’ve learned, and am still learning, that there is a NEED for me to compartmentalize this list to allow myself the freedom to be still, listen, and/or create. I can think of at least five other things I could be doing right now, but encouraging and sharing with you through this blog feeds a deeper passion within me. I’m in turn rewarded with the fortitude to return to my list with the peace of knowing that I am properly aligned and purposed.
You and I not only need respite, we need to plug into activities that fuel our inner fire and help rescue us from weariness. Yes, we CAN do so much…too much. We must learn and do what replenishes us or we will fail to be effective or desire to do nothing at all.
I love this promise…
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28 – 30 MSG
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace…Yes and YES!
The Challenge: Intentionally and unapologetically, take a step towards self-care and another towards self-nurture.