Today, we have subscribed to the positive self-talk that promises we can “be” and “do” anything we put our mind to. We need to be careful, however, that we aren’t pushing our own goals, our own ways, and our timing instead of listening and waiting for God.
If self-care is a form of escape, then how sad that we need it on the regular— that our lives are so full that we need to take these constant breaks. What would it look like to live a life where we were intentionally making space for rest (for our minds, bodies and souls), and not needing the frequent escapes. What if we were intentional about what we say yes to, and removed the “busy?” What it we were to trade entertainment, distraction, and luxury, for purposeful rest? What would happen if we started to embrace the long-standing tradition of Sabbath, rather than exchanging this idea of true rest for a quick trip to the nail salon, Target, the coffee shop, or the gym.
What life am I living where I’m keeping tabs on what everyone else is doing, or not, measuring up to, or not, achieving, or not? See, I’m struggling to overcome both perfectionism and being a judgementalist. Which simply means that if I don’t have much grace for you, you can bet that I have even less for myself. I’m trying my hardest and I expect you to try too.
It never even occurred to me that the definition of “trying” could be different for different people.