“Thank goodness it’s Friday! I’m ready for some rest and relaxation!” This is something you may hear on occasion in the workplace. Five days a week we grind through the hours waiting until we get home and waiting until the weekend. Rest is what we seek. We want to put our minds and bodies at ease for a little while. That way we can just keep repeating the same pattern over and over.
Rest ends up getting overused. It becomes the default state for many Americans. Once the eight hour day is done we go home and turn on our TV’s, play our video games, or overeat and drink too much. Why? Because we want to take a load off. We want to rest our weary heads. When the weekend comes we rest some more. Rest isn’t meant to be overused. It is meant to give us respite while we regain energy to tackle the next project.
Imagine that you didn’t work 40 to 60 hours a week. What would that look like? Would you know what to do? If you don’t know what to do, then will you be spending that time resting? Life should be enjoyed. We should spend our years truly living rather than grinding out the gears ad infinitum.
Do what you love so powerfully that you must rest before doing it again. Then do it again! The impact that would have on your happiness and the happiness of those around you becomes monumental. Consider this: Rest is a passive action that exists between activity. Don’t let rest become your activity. Do. Be. Live.