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.