A Coffee and After the Holiday Friday
Jeff and I were in Mexico – more specifically at an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Morelos – at the start of this month with friends and it was, in a word, lovely. We read, we lounged, we checked out the Mayan ruins at Coba, we did a spot of shopping, and overall had a most relaxing and enjoyable time. But now it’s back to the day-to-day. Not that I mind it, not that I want to live out the rest of the year in holiday mode. For one thing, it’s through these jobs we have the funds to go on vacations like these every so often. Also work is a good thing to partake of. But there is something I’ve been looking to shed, particularly so as I’ve been keeping in mind my One Word of ‘present over perfect’ (I know, more than one word, but it’s one concept that is doing me well to work into this heart.): Being frenetic. Not that I have been such in what I do from one day to the next. No, it’s more of a mindset I’ve found creeping in that somehow I’m better and doing more good things if I’m constantly busy and stressed. Somehow, Busy = Good, Busy = Valuable. “Busy” wanted to become how I defined myself, my sense of worth. “Look at me and all I am planning to do – see how important I am?” wanted to come through these lips, past these fingertips, and be my measuring rod for my days.
Am I making sense? I was ready to slap my money down on the counter and buy the lie of this culture that living stretched-to-the-max was better. I would feel bad when I engaged in any sort of “downtime” activity, like I somehow had to justify it. Yet the very God I serve mandated a time of rest into each week - a command included among such as “Don’t commit murder” and “Don’t steal”. Rest is not bad – it’s a required activity. I, for one, am going to be more deliberate about partaking of it. And the fascinating thing is when I allow for that, I’m better utilizing the time spent at work be it at my office job, writing, at home, and the like.
Again, I hope that makes some sense. And I hope you have a happy Friday! Thanks for reading these ponderings, y’all – I do appreciate it and hope you glean something good from it, too.