REST is…

A post from the word of the day challenge blog inspired me to post a blog today. Their word of the day is REST and it is a word I take very seriously 🙂 Rest is an important component of all of our lives and it is something I never valued very much until now. My family and I were always on the go…doing one thing after another and forgetting to take in the moments. Whenever I think about those times, I think of the song by Simon and Garfunkle “Slow Down, You Move Too Fast” (The 59th Street Bridge Song) and I just shake my head at how fast we were moving.

We got to the point that we were spiraling out of control with one activity after the next…being so busy that it was hard to settle down and sleep at night. Then we would get up the next morning and do it all over again 🙂 REST is one of the reasons we moved out to the country. We were looking for a slower pace. A place to easily transition from a busy day right into a relaxing and peaceful evening then into a restful night of sleep. I wasn’t able to do that in the city. Although we lived in a suburb, it was still a city in itself and our home was near a very active part of town. We would hear sirens from the fire stations that were a mile away to the east and a mile away to the west and our neighborhood was in between them. We were also on a busy street with cars going by day and night with people going to their homes or to their jobs or to all the neighboring restaurants and shops nearby. And, while it was exciting to be a part of all the busyness and it reminded me of Richard Scarry’s children’s book… ‘BusyTown’, ours never seemed to slow down much. We definitely were a part of the “hustle and bustle’ of the city. But here’s the thing….even with all that, I still had that FOMO (fear of missing out) feeling. I was never satisfied…never content.

No longer are we a part of that…it works for some and I would even go so far as to say it works for many, but for us…it just didn’t.

Out here in the country and lake life, my day began this morning as four geese flew overhead in formation right outside my bedroom window. Only this time, they flew in silence so all there was to do was watch their flight across the sky. They flew low, just a few feet above my home and if I had been quick enough, I would have captured it with my phone camera…but, I wasn’t and I wasn’t because I have had to slow down and REST these days. But, great things have happened with my slowing down and resting, it encourages me to take in the moments and I have become much more appreciative of all life has to offer us. I take time throughout the day to appreciate this beautiful world of ours  more than I ever allowed myself, I have a strong sense of empathy that pulls me to reach out to others, and I place so much more of a value on the relationships I have now. Oh, and that feeling of discontent…it’s no longer there. 🙂 Here I can REST as much as I want and where I want. I can rest on my patio as it is very peaceful there or I can go and watch the ripples and waves of the water at the lake and rest there or I can sit out in front of my home and look into the trees and at the old oak tree and many times watch the deer walk on by and rest there.

Living here and slowing down a bit, I have discovered so much about life and ALL it has to offer. I no longer rush through it with that tunnel vision that, sure, the tunnel vision kept me focused but it also made it so that I missed out on the BEST things because I couldn’t slow down to REST and just enjoy.

I hope you have a restful and happy day doing the things you love and value in life and remember take those ‘time outs’ to REST, REST, REST and re-energize yourself so you have the energy to enjoy the most important parts of life.

24 Comments on “REST is…

  1. Yes!!!!! Nothing wrong with rest! Sadly I’ve been fighting this even though I know it would do me good. I just feel this guilt when I relax and do what I enjoy . I need to get over this guilt feeling. It sounds so lovely how you described it I felt I was there . Thank you!🙂💕

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    • Thank you! I’m glad you could feel like you were here💕☀️, the guilt thing is a tough one to get over. I had so many plans, so many dreams and they all came to a screeching halt about four years ago when things took a turn. These days, i am usually to tired to worry about the guilt as much and I tend to focus more on all the ways I can help and all the thing I CAN do and that seems to help. I hope you can do that too and remember how much you have already done and already given in life💕

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      • I’m so sorry that was selfish of me …. I’m sorry you had all these dreams it must of been hard. and I’m sorry your so tired . But you are so relaxing and wise that I do not think.. Thank you I like that think of what I CAN do . And what I’ve accomplished already . I know I’ve done my job as a mom . Okay I’ll focus on what you said.hugs girl 💕🙂

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      • Ok I just was going on about my guilt … I am going to keep in my head remind myself what you wrote about the can and what I have already given in life . That is perfect I just want you to know I appreciate your friendship on here🙂

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      • Thank you ! Yes I love that too . It’s so amazing how many we have . How often do find that . Meant to be that we became friends on here and yes I call you a friend , not just a blogger follower 🙂

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      • Same here! 😊A friend I have yet to meet. I don’t think it happens very often but it did happen to me yesterday. It was almost uncanny in how similar we were. Like the way you and I are. So glad to have found you and I love your stories.

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      • Thank you for your sweet comments. Those things I said said because I wanted to express why I had to change and as time went on I was able to let go of a lot of the guilt😊

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      • But…not without ALOT of tears and self talk😬. I’m so glad you will focus on that. I can tell just by your writing that you have done an amazing job with your children and probably in most other aspects of your life. Oh, one thing I have been meaning to ask you…WhAt is your first name😊. I haven’t seen it on anything😄

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      • I’m know ….. but you manage to be stronger . That how I see you. Thank you I think I did well by my kids sometimes I feel like I did too much then at times not enough … but I guess that’s part of being a mom. Oh that’s right I’ve never said my name , it’s Kim. And yes I will focus on that.🙂💕

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      • Thank you Kim(it’s so nice to know your name😊, I do like your blog name though). I try to be strong and also try to find the positives and remind myself that ‘I done good😄’, as we say in the south with the impact I made on my kids, my family, and all my students and really in general in this world. By the way, I think we all feel that way…did too much…did too little etc. and it’s timely thst you say that as my daughter and I were having that conversation tonight.💕🌸💕

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      • Yes couldn’t agree more with everything you said. Really wow you and your daughter were having this. conversation . Amazed . It’s nice too that you can have conversations with them like this. 💕🙂

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      • I know why you sometimes can’t see your comment right away. It’s waiting for me to approve it. I haven’t figured out how to shut that off yet m😄. Sorry about that

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  2. Yes, it is nice when they grow up and we can talk with them like I did with my girl tonight.
    Happy Friday…a little early😊

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  3. Enjoyed your thoughts on choosing to slow down, Diane, and the poppy photo is wonderful. It does take conscious effort to slow the pace, in this ever-faster world, and I find, like you, it is a worthwhile and rewarding decision.

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  4. We are an increasingly driven culture and there is a lack of true inner love and self acceptance which drives this push for more more more. I see more of it everyday. I need to feel the slow rhythm of nature now. I think sleep cycles are all over the place especially in cities with so much artificial around. Moving to a natural place is one thing, but you take yourself. I retreated by the ocean when I went through my breakdown and then I had to face what I was carrying inside because that is what really drives us out of our own skin. Loved your post. ❤

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    • Yes, I think we feel like we have to keep moving and going. More experiences, more achievements and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It becomes a bad thing when we forget to keep a balance, forget to support and care about others and when we forget to just enjoy the beauty around us. I am so glad you found the solace and peacefulness that being out in nature provides us. Thank you!, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Be well💕

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