Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Axioms, Adages, and Proverbs (3): Rest

"The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it." (author unknown)

Why is it we are so task driven? Why is it I often feel so guilty whenever I have an afternoon to rest?

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Have you ever taken an entire afternoon to just rest?  
I read that quote above and wonder, what is it that makes this man successful, the one who spends an afternoon on the bank of a river? I think it's found in these words; solitude, reflection, self-awareness, prayer, and strength.

I just got back from a week at Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands with my wife and son. It was like a breath of fresh air. Physically restful, no, not with a 6 month old. But mentally and spiritually restful? Absolutely. Thanks to my amazing wife, I was able to find moments almost every day to rest my mind. I often took a kayak out into the middle of the bay and just drifted. There I found time to pray, to rest, to have solitude and quiet, to read, and in all of that, to find strength. The hardest part? Not feeling guilty about it.

How about you? When's the last time you rested?  Go ahead, pull up a chair and take a load off.  It's command #4 by the way.  (
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