“Work when there is work to do. Rest when you are tired. One thing done in peace will most likely be better than ten things done in panic . . . I am not a hero if I deny rest; I am only tired.” (Susan McHenry)
Learning to listen to my body and what it needs has been a vital truth-telling process for me. Coming to an understanding that I have nothing to prove and that I don’t have to constantly be “doing” in order to be considered valuable . . . this is revolutionary information.
I have dropped the word “busy” from my vocabulary. In fact, my physical and emotional selves go into rebellion in the presence of busy-ness and the feelings of pressure and expectation that come with it.
When I step away from the old culturally-taught pattern of overdoing - when I claim space to daydream, or turn up the volume and dance, or sit in the sunshine with my sketch pad – I celebrate!
How do you feel about the balance between working and resting in your own life? How easy or challenging is it for you to pause and take care of yourself when you’re weary?