I was sick for a few days last week and debated whether or not to go into work. I stayed home but not without feeling a little bit of guilt that I should be doing work. Then I remembered reading this article about The Theology of Rest. And then I proceeded to take a two hour nap which was amazing! I can’t remember the last time I took a nap.
I have to remind myself that it’s okay to rest. And it’s not just when I’m sick. It’s all work during the week for me and then when the weekend comes and it’s quiet and there are no plans, then I feel restless. I feel like I should be doing something, anything and I feel guilty if I’m not doing something. I need to get better at being okay with doing nothing sometimes. Don’t we all?
I’ve realized that the times I am completely okay with doing nothing is when I’m on vacation. I have no problem just sitting somewhere for an hour and doing nothing but people-watching or eating while I’m people-watching. I don’t feel the need to see every tourist attraction but find that one of the best ways to get to know a city is just to sit somewhere and observe.
Lucky for me, the Jardin du Luxembourg was a 5 minute walk from my apartment rental and I went there a couple times during my stay. I went one morning just to walk around for 20 minutes before I went to a hair-cut appointment. I think the morning time is the best time to go because it’s quiet, there aren’t a lot of people around, and on a sunny day the morning rays make the flowers and trees look gorgeous. On my second visit, I went in the afternoon when a lot more people were out and I took a seat on one of the green chairs by the fountain and stayed there for an hour alternating between off and on dozes and people-watching. I would say I wish I could do that every day but you know what? I can. Just because I’m at home doesn’t mean I can’t go to a park and do nothing. So here’s to more attempts to be okay with rest.