Somebody asked me if I was getting rest. My reply was a resounding yes! Then I asked myself, “are you sure, how can you tell”? A few minutes thinking about it and yup, I’m sure and here’s how I know.
So I can tell that this rest is different. Before my rest was mainly physical. I feel like my needs were very basic. That is I needed water, sunshine (or at least vitamin D supplements since I’m in the PNW), food and sleep. And guess what, I wasn’t getting the basics. Often I was dehydrated, a little hungry and tired.
I thought rest was sleeping-in on the weekends. Only, my weekends were restless too. I had swim lessons, hair & mani/pedi appointments and oh yeah, I needed to clean the house, grocery shop, go to the bank, stop by post office and other errands. So my idea of resting was way off.
During the, initial shutdown of the pandemic, I got a better understanding of rest. For instance, since I switched to work-from-home, I could stay in bed a little longer, actually eat breakfast and have time for a devotion. Before, I just had a latte and a breakfast bar on my commute to the office. Not a very filling or satisfying meal to start the day.
And during the great toilet-paper shortage of 2020, when we realized the shutdown was going to be more than six-eight weeks, my running errands routine changed drastically. No more going from store to store to find the best bargain on clothes, sheets or even snacks. My adjustment included making a list and sticking to it so I wouldn’t be out all afternoon shopping. I kept it interesting by pretending I was on Supermarket Sweep. And I found I actually had time to clean out a closet and tackle my TBR stack.
By the end of the summer, since I wasn’t going to the local Y for swimming lessons, I started walking in a few local parks. I realized we have some very nice parks in Tacoma. Taking a stroll, feeling the sunshine on my face or maybe even a few rain drops sometimes, was a better use of my time. It gave me a chance to call a cousin, listen to music or catch-up on a podcast.
During the PNW winter months it is dark by 4:30 pm; and this year, I embraced the early sunsets. I took the time to cook new recipes, write letters, try some crafting and of course, binge a few Netflix series. And I celebrated these simple things as they were on my list to do once I had time.
So yes, the walks in the park, the chats with friends & family, the time with God, the time to take my time, I am embracing and enjoying my resting season.