Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sick Day/Snow Day

We all know that we’re too busy, right?

There’s too much rushing around. Too many deadlines. Too many To-Do lists. Too many activities. Too many interactions. Too many obligations and responsibilities.

We know that we need to get more rest. 

America has a significant Rest Deficit.

Secretly, some of us have fantasies about getting off the merry-go-round for a minute. Wiggling our noses like Samantha the Witch, and making time freeze so we can catch our breath. Having a collective time-out.

But it’s hard to stop. Activity is addictive.

Even many of us who understand that Rest is a commandment, not a suggestion, keep putting it off. We play mind games with ourselves. We try to push it to the max.

So, every now and then, we are given the gift of enforced rest.

I have a lot to say on the topic of Rest. It is critical from both physiological and spiritual standpoints.

But I’m not going to say it now, because I am much too tired…

Too tired to think or talk or type much.

I’m really sick. Looks like pneumonia.

Yesterday, I threw in the towel. I’ve been sick for a week, but fighting it. I finally gave in to it yesterday and stayed in my nightgown until around 4:00… dozing off and on, watching a Dickens movie in 14 parts. A marathon.

It felt absolutely wonderful.

Enforced rest.

But I had to fight off feelings of guilt that I wasn’t able to help more, do more.

Last night, I talked to my mother and husband on the other coast. They are snowed in. Another freak snowstorm. Nothing’s moving. Nobody’s going anywhere.

Enforced stillness.

No use fighting it. That car’s not getting out of the driveway.

I realize that there are times when you just have to receive a state of stillness, no matter what the vehicle... and embrace it as an unexpected gift, instead of an inconvenient interruption.

The world will continue to whirl, with or without me.

Now, off for the rest of Little Dorrit!


(This is some seriously deep snow for Georgia. Thanks to my husband and Miss Betty for sending the pix.)

I'll be back when I'm better.


Laurel said...

We're on snow day number two. Unfortunately, with a 6 and 3 year old, it is anything but restful. I capitulated and let Pirate play Wii for waaaaaay too long. Now we're snuggled in with popcorn and Labyrinth, which is *almost* restful.

Callie said...

this post was exactly what i needed today. despite the joy of having three extra days of winter break, i am becoming far too stir crazy. not leaving the house for three days will do that...i am ready to be in class, if it'll get me out of the house! but this is a definite reminder that i need rest. lots of rest.

as always, thank you for your words.

Anonymous said...

Praying healing for you! Lean into this forced time of rest to receive all that He has for you!!