For a long time I felt especially guilty spending time for myself. Doing anything for myself while something else was left undone felt really wrong. After all, these little ones need me. Also, to be honest, rest sounds lazy in a world that holds busyness and productivity in high esteem. But the simple reality is that there are more demands than I am humanly capable of meeting. So what's one to do with all this? Let things go and feel guilty about every break that is taken? I tried that. Or maybe never take time to rest and replenish and simply plow ahead until you crash? I tried that, too. It was all very ugly.
Then I read an illustration in Replenish (by Lisa Grace Byrne) that helped me make sense of it all and put my guilt to rest...
When life gets heavy I often think "I'm going to need a nice long vacation after this!" but perhaps it's better to take special care during those "heavy" times to work in small daily practices that will keep me healthy, rested and replenished.
That's what this series on rest is really about - the month of October is a challenging one for me, and being mindful about rest and replenishment is helping me keep from crumbling under the weight of this demanding season in life.