Walking in the woods is so fun to me. Beauty surrounds you – the high pitched calls of the birds, the rugged bark on old trees, the feeling of just belonging right where you are. It is hard to find a comparable place and activity.
However, you can’t really see all that much while you are walking, because you have to keep your head down to navigate. You have to watch out for tree roots, rocks, stumps, the changes in incline or decline, or baby trees. (Some people call them saplings but I think baby tree is a much cuter name.) If you don’t watch out for all these obstacles, you’ll end up falling on your face.
So what do you do if you want to enjoy the scenery, take in all that beauty?
Stop. Aka: rest.
Only then can you see what’s all around you. Only then can you take stock of it all.
Likewise, in your life, if you’re too busy with activity, you will never have the chance to reflect on what’s going on around you: on what you enjoy and what you don’t, or on what you want to change.
While you are in the woods, maybe you want to explore a different path, see some new sights. And in your life, perhaps you would enjoy setting and attaining new goals, or experiencing new things.
The only way you can do that is to take the time- and have the discipline– to actually cease your activity so you can look around and observe.
The Bible says “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
How are we supposed to know if the life we are creating is good if we are too busy running around to even see it? Sometimes life feels like we are in a racecar, racing around from one thing to do to another, and we are going so fast that we can’t pause and get out of the car to ponder where we even are, or where our destination is. We just feel the urge to keep moving, keep making progress.
I suppose that’s why the Bible also says “You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest,” in Exodus 34:21. Sounds like he knew exactly what our nature would be, almost like he created us or something. 😉
My goal is to just increase our awareness and allow ourselves to rest. Restore yourself. Rejuvenate your spirit, mind, and body. And then you’ll be happier, and love life and those around you better.
What is your favorite way to rest?