Rest & Activity, The Twenty-Fifth Week in the Second Year of the New Abnormal
It was a muggy day in the city. I went to bed late and gave myself the luxury of resting in bed yesterday morning. There was a lot to do, but my body craved relaxation, and rather than rush to place my feet on the floor, I lingered under the sheets, enjoying the ease of a restful morning.
I’m usually a doer. At some point in my development I got the message that being lazy was not a good thing. I made a point of being busy. Rather than being busy when necessary and resting when needed, I seemed intent on proving I wasn’t lazy. However, I had ongoing jealousy for those who enjoyed life doing less. That seemed impossible to me. Thankfully, post-Covid, I have come to see the value in proper rest.
Though I still have a long way to go to unwind the belief that one must be busy, I am glad that yesterday morning I could enjoy a restful dawning of the day. It allowed me to find the energy early in the afternoon to go on a short jog. It’s been a year since I’ve been able to run due to a sprained ankle. Even though I knew that long distance running was part of my past, I’m aware that I really enjoy running as an ongoing activity. So, I put on my ankle brace along with two knee braces, and I set out to run for a mile on East End Avenue asphalt.
Asphalt is easier on the joints and fairly level, which makes for a safer run. It felt so nice to run. Albeit I’m slower with less energy than last year. But it was the act of running that felt freeing. I look forward to running again today. Luckily, I had a great night’s sleep, so I’m well rested for today’s slow jog. And, after that? Maybe a nap.
- What activity or experience is pure joy, so much so that you lose track of time? How do you feel thinking about it? When you have a chance, try diving into the activity. If there isn’t an opportunity, think about it for a moment and take note of how you feel while basking in that memory.
- Reflect on your week and make a note of anything that went better than expected? Are you able to have gratitude for the better-than-anticipated experience? If so, take a moment to be with that gratitude.
- Check in with your body. Do you have an abundance of energy? If so, do something physical to optimize that energy burst. If not, take a moment (or more, if possible) to relax, letting your body know you’re listening.