What If You Gave Yourself Permission To Rest?
December 16, 2012 2 Comments
Like many of you, I’ve worked hard all my life. I expect those I work with to do the same.
As I’ve gotten older and the demands on my time have continued to increase, I actively ask myself whether (or not) I’m working on the right stuff. Is what I’m doing right now going to make any difference?
Similarly, when asking others to do something, I try to ensure they are like-wise focused on things that matter. I’d hate to contribute to someone else wasting portions of their life.
Another way to look at this is that I don’t like to generate make-work. Make-work is the crap we do that consumes our time, but doesn’t really move us forward. It may make us feel good, since we’re working and moving around, but it’s really unnecessary and doesn’t make a darn difference.
As the past 48 hours have once again reminded me, a complete life includes much (much) more than just work. And certainly a lot more than make-work.
We need our families. We need time to rest. We need to cultivate outside interests and hobbies. We need time to learn something new. And we need the time and space to pursue these things.
That’s why I believe it is important to cultivate a spirit and discipline of sabbath, both literally and figuratively.
Colin Powell puts it like this:
Don’t run if you can walk; don’t stand up if you can sit down; don’t sit down if you can lie down, and don’t stay awake if you can go to sleep.
Where can you cultivate this spirit in your life? What would happen if you gave yourself permission to rest?