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Day 26 of Awareness: Having Rest

In a world that’s fast-paced, demanding, and full of competition, we think that it is necessary to be the most hardworking above all: the one who gets the least sleep, the one who uses the least breaks and the most hours invested into work.

Work is a God given gift for people to be productive with their goals, less time to be idle, achieve something and strike a purpose. But it is very essential that in this life, we have to have all things in balance to achieve the best result. There are those workers whose enthusiasm to perform seems tireless with their craft. Now while every manager appreciates the grinding source of operations, every good leader knows that that fire is going to snuff out without a good rest to balance the intensity.

Have your rest, and rest well and to the fullest.

In the Bible, even the omnipotent God rested on the 7th day, what more the mortal human? Especially for the people that work much of the hours in their desk which would probably entail being slouched and infront of a monitor: you need the sun and the walk to keep your body and mind nourished.

To the invested: Travel out. Once in a while is definitely good for your spirit. To see the world and understand others with another culture, to get inspiration from another scene and life to move out of your comfort zone, lessen the movement of wheels and move the distance with your legs. Get different, use difference as inspiration rather than a source of fear.

To the thrifty: Find the right friends. As an introvert that recharges alone, having the right friends that know how to budget their money and invitation is priceless. Thankfully, I have them and without a doubt being with them rests me in all the aspects that needs recharging.

To the lost: Find it in art. A camera, paintbrush, pen or a book can do wonders for matters beyond physical. Get a chair, a cup of tea or coffee and but that pent up emotion or words into something physical. Because humans are made to express, create and multiply what we have in this world.

Rest is not necessarily only for the weary, for the tired and for the exhausted, it is better to rest to stay healthy than to survive. The common notion is not always right, and the norm should not demand compromise. No one will pay the price of your choices more than you.

Now go get some rest, you deserve it more than you think.

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6 comments

  • Thanks for the post. I really needed this. Take care always Kevin (:

  • Xarien Eleusir

    What if your work load and your personal relationships doesn’t give you time to rest?

    • A

      It’s situational but here’s one thing I believe in:

      To be able to take care of others you need to take care of yourself first. You won’t be able to save enough finances if your health deteriorates, sooner or later you will use a chunk of your savings to pay for hospital bills and medicine.

      If you put a list of hierarchy of your priorities and health is higher than work and others, you will make compromises to the benefit of your wellbeing first while not entirely discarding “work load and personal relationships”. Communication and priority is key. A lot of us just accepts whatever happens, it’s time to be less passive about your life and own it.

      • Xarien Eleusir

        Given a situation, which one will you pick? A once a year family affair or work deadlines? I’m fond of reading your blog and I hope my questions don’t bother you much and thank you for responding to them :)

        • A

          I love your comment and activity in the discussion honestly! It helps me see the different perspective and situations regarding the concept. So, you are very much welcome to ask unlimitedly.

          Now, I don’t have a PhD on Psychology or a Masters in Project Management but if you have a wonderful relationship with your family, don’t let them stay second; If you’re telling me you get to see them only once a year this is a no-brainer: enjoy your time with them, please. If you’ve invested a lot of good work in your business or employment for its progress, it’s time to withdraw once in a while for your life, you earned it. As a manager myself I will definitely permit it. Deadlines are a constant in our lives, don’t use it as an excuse to miss out on your loved ones that can pass away in a blink of an eye.

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