Its hard to believe, another Summer is nearly over. Time just seems to move along so quickly.
Although it’s probably not a pleasant thought, consider the last time you really didn’t feel well. With all your aches, pains, and chills, my guess is that you just wanted to lay down. You probably had little energy and your mind seemed to also want to go into “sleep mode”.
In a similar way, think about a time where you were over-worked. Maybe you were out of town on business, visiting client after client; doing presentations, having meetings, traveling and all that goes with it. Maybe you are putting in long hours at your day job and than it seems like every night you are at different meetings and functions at church and you just find yourself exhausted.
In either of these scenarios, the issue is that bodily, mentally, emotionally, you can get fatigued. Now with those pictures in your mind, here is one more thought. Think about a friend who wants to do some kind of business deal with you at a time when you are either sick or tired. How in tune are you to that conversation? Not much, right!
It might not be a business deal, it might be a spouse who just wants to talk and you really don’t feel like it. My point in laying out all these situations is to convey the importance of rest.
To live a well-balanced life, make “getting rest” a priority.
“People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.”
Giving yourself some time to take your foot off the gas and just relax and recharge your batteries is a necessary step in achieving a healthy life balance. Don’t feel guilty about building some recreation time in to your weekly schedule.
Why does a person take their temperature? Primarily it is to confirm the suspicion that they are sick.
In a similar way, I would like to encourage each of us, when we have the suspicion that something is not right with us and we are displaying actions that are uncharacteristic, (getting impatient and angry with others, eating too much, laying around too much, overstressed, etc.) we take to heart these “symptoms” and do a quick read on our situation.
What I am describing is the important life management step of EVALUATION. To evaluate, we intentionally set aside some time to review all the areas of responsibility in our life, and the circumstances we find ourselves in, to see how things are going.
If we evaluate regularly, we will avoid having the major crisis times which cause us to display the uncharacteristic behaviors I mentioned above.
So, the important statement to make is not “yeah, I’ll do that when I have the time”, but rather, its “yeah, I see that taking the time for some evaluation is important, and I’m going to make the time”.
“No person can make a good estimate of distant lands from the floor of a valley. A person must get to a vantage point, a viewpoint from which one can see the full breadth of the valley and gain a view of the valleys that lie beyond it”.
taken from “Living the life you were meant to live” Tom Paterson (pg. 29)
Taking occasional pauses from the hectic pace of life allows us to gain the higher ground and get a proper perspective on what’s going on in our life and if we need to make any changes.
I believe it was Paul Allaire, former chairman of Xerox who said, “if you can anticipate the future, you can also help shape it”.
That sounds wise. To make it practical, you need to take the time to think about the future. In the midst of these busy days, that is easier said than done.
However, it will be well worth it if you can discipline yourself to make a regular time in your schedule to evaluate what’s going on in your life and adjust your plans accordingly.
For seven years, George Shultz had one of the most important and consuming jobs in government, serving as Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. In the midst of the whirlwind of incoming information and outgoing decisions, he purposefully paused for undisturbed intellectual labor: “its easy to get totally dominated by the events- something is always happening.
So I would try – at least twice a week during the day when I was still fresh (not at the end of the day) to take three-quarters of an hour off. I said, “if the President calls or my wife calls, put it through, but no other calls.” And I make a pact wth myself not to look at the stuff in my inbox, and I go over and sit in a comfortable chair with a pad and paper, take a deep breath and say, “What am I doing here? What am I trying to achieve? What are the main problems?” So you try to get yourself out of all the detals of day-to-day stuff and try to look a little more broadly from your own perspective.
this passage is taken from “View from the Top” (pgs.62-63) by D. Michael Lindsay