Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Quote on Resting

Here is a quote that hit home today.

It was posted by the amazing Andrea. She always writes with such passion and intention.

Love the blog!

Anyway, here is the quote.

""Our culture invariably supposes that action and accomplishment is better than rest, that doing something--anything--is better than doing nothing. Because of our desire to succeed, to meet these ever-growing expectations, we do not rest. Because we do not rest, we lose our way. We miss the compass points that would show us where to go, we bypass the nourishment that would give us succor. We miss the quiet that would give us wisdom. We miss the joy and love born of effortless delight. Poisoned by this hypnotic belief that good things come only through unceasing determination and tireless effort, we can never truly rest. And for want of rest, our lives are in danger."
-Wayne Muller, from his book Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives

Makes me want to read that book!

How do you find time to rest?


Beth said...

For the last couple of nights, I've been making a point of taking time to indulge myself in "resting," so to speak. After I complete some small "productive" task, I've either flipped through a magazine or watched something on TV. I consider both of these things "resting," because I don't see it as my mind really working. I'm vegging out, so to speak. And it's awesome. In general, though, it's very easy for me to do nothing. When the boys play in the basement, they want me down there with them, but they don't necessarily need me to be engaged in whatever they're doing. So I usually just sit and watch them. I don't mind it at all, but it drives Ed crazy. He is never content to sit around and do nothing.

LauraC said...

I read that blog post yesterday too. I do a lot of resting at the pool. The kids play and sometimes I just sit at a table, enjoying being outside.

It's a struggle though bc there is so much I want to DO!

PS. Irene gave me the 2T clothes tubs back, it's down to 3 tubs, completely manageable!

Jessica {Team Rasler} said...

For me it involves two things: letting go of some of my task list and/or asking for help. Both of those are extremely hard for me, but I've gotten better these past 2 weeks!