Friday, November 30, 2007

R is Really for Rest.....

Rest. What is rest? Do we ever truly know what rest is? I think I've experienced it before but I don't remember what it's like. Can someone remind me what it means to rest? This time of year is really busy for me and I've been super busy trying to get my final projects done for school, stuffed toys made for an art sale at school, lesson plans written out, and a plethora of other things that I think I have to do. While I enjoy this time of year immensely with all of it's family gatherings and festivities I have to admit that it's not even December yet and I'm feeling a little bit in need of a rest. Hopefully once classes finish (not this Tuesday but the next), I'll be ready for the Holiday.

As for other R's...

- I try to reflect on what I am doing daily and see what I should be thankful for and how I could have done things differently that day (you know learn from your mistakes instead of making them over and over again). This is especially important with regard to working with kids, and so many of them at that, because you want to remember how each one tics and how best you can work with them.

- Since the year is almost over I've already begun thinking of resolutions. The thing is that I never make New Year's Resolutions. I think they're silly. If there's something in my life that I need to or want to change for the better I should make that proactive choice to change it as soon as possible not waiting until an appointed time by society to make that change. I guess the end of the year just gets me re-evaluating all the changes that have happened in my life in the past year and whether or not they've been for better or worse.
- It's nice to know that I have "roots" where I live. I've gotten to know a lot of people and I can go to a parade and run into people that I know and catch up with them.

- Rising early in the morning is something that I've always wanted to be able to do consistently and I'm finally able to do that with my job. I've always needed at least 8hrs of sleep or I get grumpy, stressed, and irritable. I know 8hrs seems like a lot to all of you sleep deprived crazies out there but I know that I am a better person when I get enough sleep. I'm much more likely to be a person that I'm not ashamed of when sleep well, and that's huge. Especially since I want my life to be one that strives to be like Christ.


Melody said...

I like your rest photos. I don't think you get 8 hours of sleep every night because you are pretty grouchy. You should post again soon and so should I, hope you get everything you need to get done, done and don't forget about your Crown Financial Homework.

Randy said...


I love your emphasis on the urgency of change. Why wait! We discover what needs to be changed through reflection. I also believe we discover what needs to be changed through the activities and responsibilities we commit to. Gordon Smith in Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential encourages young adults to, "give themselves in generous service, service that may include a variety of activities and responsibilities. We discover our selves in action, and action becomes the fodder for reflection." What are you doing now that might reveal something about yourself that you are unaware of? What do you know about your current story that would give more clarity about who you are today? Think about it!

elizabeth said...

Hey... I'm an 8 hour girl too! We are most definitely related - especially seeing as how that man sleeping at the end of your post looks like the man sleeping at my house today. :)

I've discovered a helpful sleep tip that really does work for me. When I can't get 8 hours of sleep, the next best thing is 6 - with 7 hours I'm a really ugly person!