Rest and Joy

I’m so good at sleeping that I can do it with my eyes closed

It was an early morning along with a great day, but now I’m tired. I’m grateful for where I am in life and that the work I do feels good. What’s interesting is while writing this I was thinking something along the lines of, “I’ve earned my tiredness,” but I’ve learned over the years, you don’t have to earn your tiredness. When you’re tired, you’re supposed to rest. That is how our bodies are designed especially for longevity. Taking a nap or a rest does not make you lazy, on the contrary, it allows you to do your work more efficiently. If not work, it supports internal labor like fighting colds and sickness or healing the spirit. I’m so glad that I caught my thoughts and corrected them.

It’s not only rest that I learned to respect. More recently, I learned to intentionally do things that bring me joy. My job brings me joy. So what a gift it is to be able to have access to a good rest and joy for the sake of joy, the two things I invite in my life. I don’t push them away. I don’t shame myself for them.

And it was Good


How about you? What do you think about rest? What kind of things bring you joy?

Published by Jayne

Jayne is a writer. On her free time she likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Jayne works daily improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." and that's what she strives to start with.

2 thoughts on “Rest and Joy

  1. I’ve been a professional napper since college. After lunch, I’d go to the library, but would be so exhausted I couldn’t keep my eyes open. So I’d open my book, look at my watch, and tell myself, “Okay. Just ten minutes.” I’d fall asleep instantly and wake up instantly, ten minutes later, feeling completely refreshed. I could do this over and over! Power naps.

    Joy? Melting snows in springtime. Children walking, that for no reason break into skipping. Lazy times on days off when I can lounge as long as I want before getting up. Seeing my daughters, especially if it’s been awhile. The floods of stars in the wilderness.

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