We live in a world that is constantly "on" - nothing ever seems to stop - even at night while we are asleep, the other half of the world is working, talking, blogging, facebooking, and generally speeding through life. We wake up and are already trying to catch up on all the things we might have missed out on while we were having the audacity to actually close our eyes for a few minutes!
Stress is the killer for us all today - it burns us out, it tires us, and drives us, and is a cruel mistress. We have so many labour-saving devices and yet we are busier than ever. Life moves at a pace that our ancestors would have shaken their heads at and probably laughed at us for being caught up in it all. How did we get here and why don't we stop every now and then and take a breath?
We all feel the need to be on the ball and keeping up with everything 24/7 - there is a steady stream of information bombarding us and we don't want to miss out on any of it. People are constantly attached to their social media (I'm as guilty of this as anyone) and nobody goes anywhere without their phone these days.
We need to give ourselves permission to stop and rest - to take time off the treadmill of life and to let our brains have some down time. It doesn't need to be a big vacation (they are often more tiring than our normal day to day lives!) but just finding an hour or so to walk, or read, or nap, or knit, or colour-in, or sip tea or coffee. Time to unwind from all the things that bombard us and to re-connect with our soul and let out a sigh of relief.
Sometimes it feels like we don't know how to relax any more, we are so used to filling our days, hours, minutes with busyness. Maybe we need to stop for a moment and jot down a few things that we love to do - taking a drive through the countryside, browsing through a market, doing a craft project, drinking coffee with a friend, strolling hand in hand with a loved one.....the list is endless but we have forgotten to do a lot of these things.
Take time to rest and restore and replenish - do something fun this weekend that doesn't involve a phone or a computer. Reconnect with your soul - and maybe with friends or family. Take time to remember what it was like before life got so busy and leisure got pushed aside - lets rediscover the joy of resting.