On December 19th, I had a desperate need for someone to push my “Restart” button.
The days leading up to that one found me caught up in daily drama. An overwhelming number of items on my “must do” list pressed the air from my lungs, leaving me gasping for even one breath of joy.
The boys needed just a little more of me, stole my energy with attitudes, and sapped me of strength to do anything beyond surviving.
After weeks of this daily strain, the hues that colored my life began to fade to gray.
The spin of each day caught me up and left me dizzy. I found myself looking to the next moment, expecting the next “bad” thing to cross my path. Living with this mindset emptied me, and set me on autopilot. On the morning of December 19th, I was physically exhausted and soul weary.
I wasn’t even excited to get on the plane that would take me to Hawaii.
It took a couple days before I finally relaxed into the slower pace of Hawaii. Spending time with family, sleeping in past 5:00 a.m., trying to soak in all of God’s amazing creation (especially the powerful waves!), and laughing with my family were wonderful doses of a much needed medication.
It was called rest.
Rest restored my reserves to handle the relationship dynamics that always happen when family gets together.
It renewed my perspective about circumstances in my life.
Rest re-infused my spirit with joy.
I didn’t realize I had a “Restart” button until I came home again.
A few benefits of rest I’ve noticed since jumping back into real life:
- I have a clearer picture of what’s most important for me, my family, and the callings God’s placed on my heart.
- I can see more clearly what’s “good” in my life and what’s “best” as far as how I spend my time.
- I’ve made some good changes (more sleep, different diet, etc). Without the pressure I felt in December, it’s much easier to follow through with them.
I came home with an internal peace, better able to handle the stresses life has thrown my way.
Stepping out of my normal schedule pressed my “Restart” button. It encouraged me to slow down. I’m beginning to think I need to do this more often.
Okay. Maybe not go to Hawaii.
But be intentional about getting out of my daily routine so I can rest my mind, spirit and body. I didn’t realize how worn down I was until I settled into life with a new focus and a peaceful spirit.
I’m not sure how I’m going to do it, but I plan to incorporate more rest into my year. When my Restart button is pressed, I am much more productive than when I power myself through to the place where everything becomes gray.
What about you? What presses your Restart button? How do you give yourself rest in the course of a year?