Do you feel guilty when you rest? I often do.
It felt good. Later, I recorded in my journal that I felt like I had played all out; I had left nothing on the field.
That was good work.
But then it came time to rest and I don’t rest as well. Mainly because I love what I do and my mind keeps thinking up new stuff to do. Recreation can often feel like I’m wasting time when I could be pushing the ball farther. So when I rest, I feel guilty.
It’s my own fault—and not because I have too much to do. I’ve programmed my brain to not rest well. So often, I’ve used the excuse of rest as a rationalization for avoidance. When I’m procrastinating, it’s easy to play the McDonald’s jingle, “You deserve a break today.” Inwardly I know, however, that I’m just wasting time. Those repeated rationalizations have conditioned me to feel guilty during times of genuinely deserved rest following good work. Guilty rest is bad rest.
So after a period of good work, I have to intentionally choose to have a period of good rest. A friend of mine uses the phrase “Good work; Good rest” as a self-reminder to practice both in a healthy way. Lately, it’s my watchword as well. Sometimes good rest takes good work.
In my next blog post I’ll share some signs of good work and good rest. Until then, share yours with me.
What are some of the signs of good work and good rest in your life?