We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
I love to make things last, a long time if possible. I once had an umbrella that lasted 20 years with regular use and great care. I loved that umbrella. I used to have a pair of sunglasses I kept for 15 years, until I had small kids anyway. I just like to make things last and I’ll do just about anything to achieve long life for my stuff. But do I value my own healthy life that much? Do you value yours as much as you value your stuff?
Most of us are wearing ourselves out as quickly as we can through the two big W’s: work and worry. Worry is a matter for another day, but work is the matter for today. Work is the reality of life for most of us; we have to work to live. I get that and so do you. Work is what we do to afford life. But if we allow our work and schedule and busyness to wear us out, to degrade our faculties, and to consume us what then was the purpose of our lives? Were we born to be cogs in a machine? Is our purpose to be mass produced widgets? I don’t think so.
Taking care of yourself is a much deeper issue but committing to rest and learning how to rest is the first step to long term health. Are you affording yourself enough rest to last a full lifetime in good health? Do you intentionally disengage yourself regularly to counter the constant engagement of the rest of your life? How long does it take you when you are truly off to genuinely relax? What can you do to value you as much as you value your stuff? I encourage you to cast a healthy eye at yourself. Take some time to extend your time. Your loved ones will thank you for it, and you’ll thank yourself, too! Have a great week!