A Time Of Rest and Renewal

Each of us has a time of rest, renewal and recreation. Without rest we don’t function at our best.

In many faith traditions believers are commanded to rest. Today is a day of rest or Sabbath for many. I went to church this morning to be in communion with my parish peeps and to be recharged spiritually and to worship together with others seeking the same thing.

Rest means letting go of work in whatever form that means to an individual. Once you leave your workplace, leave your workplace if you can. When you relax you must do it intentionally meaning whatever recharges you and gives you a reset, do that. You know what is best for you.

One’s imagination and life benefits from taking time for themselves. There is this self-care movement that reminds us that people need to push the pause button on life. It can be hard to find the time to chill out because we are over extended, over committed and over worked.

We all need renewal of mind, body and spirit. You can’t be your best if you are burning the candle at both ends. Really, you can find yourself again when you relax. Something I am learning how to do.

This post is inspired by my priest, Fr. Quinn Parman.



The Need For Rest, Renewal

Most faith traditions call for some form of rest during the week. In my tradition it comes on Sunday. No matter what everyone needs a day or more of rest. Keeping the sabbath is important in order to keep balance in ones life. We live in a hyper-busy world where people are so over scheduled in their work and personal lives.

Everyone is afraid of missing something so they want to do everything. Saying no is hard but necessary. You can only do so many things in a week, month, year. Maybe our priorities need adjusting so our spirits can be recreated for making our lives better and those of others we love.

This is easier said than done. I have a problem with resting and relaxing. Realizing I cannot conquer the world is important to know. No one can conquer the world either.

Without rest and renewal we will find our lives to be very tough.

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best. St. Jerome

Writing When Sleep Is Elusive

I have discovered that when you have to empty your head of it’s thoughts that writing them out is helpful. Last night I had to get something out of my head and off my heart that I couldn’t sleep so I went to my computer and just wrote. After I got my thoughts on screen and pixels it made getting to sleep much easier. They say write your dreams and ideas out when they come to you and I would have to agree with this. A late night writing session is very therapeutic.

Something About Sleep

Sure, I enjoy a full nights rest like the next dork but some nights it just doesn’t happen. My bladder is as old as me and when you have to get up to go to the bathroom/loo it can interrupt your sleep cycle and in some cases you never get back to sleep. There is too much life happening and that can make your brain click on and that is never a good thing when you wanna get some good shut eye. Sleep is vital to ones health and well being so when you don’t get enough of it then there is room for concern there. One thing I don’t like is how lack of sleep effects me late in the day. Falling asleep at work isn’t always a good thing according to most bosses.

Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep. Fran Lebowitz

I suppose I have too much living to do or something like that.

Something About Being At Home After Work

There are days that are harder than others. Tuesdays seem to be like that for me. Getting a handle on things on the job can wear you out. Getting home tonight felt really good and resting this evening has been great. Rest and relaxation are important because if you are going to make it the next day you need plenty of it. Renewal is important. I have a hard time relaxing so I need to intentionally chill out when I get home.

Rambling About Chilling Out

We all get wound up about things in life and that leads to its own problems. People really need to learn how to chill out. For me, learning to relax is not easy. I feel like I have to be doing something, thinking about something and that leads to me sometimes just crashing like a computer or worse. My brain seems to be running all the time, and you know that is not a very good thing especially at night. There are people who say they will sleep when they are dead, but you know I need to sleep so I won’t die. Maybe our high-stress world would be well served by just not sweating the small stuff. Not everyone can relax even if they tried because they need to have control over every situation in their lives. So everyone let’s learn to chill out.

Sundays and Sunday Afternoons

I have found that Sunday afternoons are about relaxation and renewal. There is a slowed rhythm of this time of the week that allows you to enjoy your favorite pursuits with leisure.

For me, it’s chill time after the morning of being at Church. It’s that time at worship where I am lifted up spiritually. This being the Sabbath also allows time to reconnect with God. There is also a time of spending time with the important people in my life.

On my Sunday’s after church I spend time with my wife where we catch up on TV, have lunch and engage in corporate and individual activities. Today for example we watched last nights Saturday Night Live and then she read and I did some stuff on the computer. Also we napped which is a good thing.

Our world is full of chaos. Having a time for yourself, regaining yourself and having some recreational fun can be good for you. Getting away from it all even at home can benefit everyone. Also there’s nothing wrong with unplugging a bit (advice I really suck at).

Enjoy these times. Sunday afternoons can refuel your soul and give you some control back on your life. Have fun friends!