It’s hard to rest when others are working, but I’ve learned to pay attention to what my body is telling me. I’ve learned that when my feet don’t want to leave the ground, when my eyelids don’t want to stay open, when gravity pulls everything I touch from my hand, it’s time to rest. It’s time to make a hot drink, eat some food, find a comfy sofa and switch off my brain.
I know this is a luxury. If I had a job, or if the kids weren’t at school, I’d have to carry on, but by resting – if only for an hour or two – I’ll be back to full power by the time I’m actually needed.
“I need to do my best
for others without anxiety, rush or panic …
Let me breathe deeply.
… and hold me back, when I begin
to try to do, or say, or achieve too much.”
From Important Commission by Stephen Cherry (Barefoot Prayers: A Meditation a Day for Lent and Easter)
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