The Next step in the Journey is not a step at all

Frogbreak_1I’ve always been a very proactive type of person…”busy-ness is next to Godliness” has been my unspoken mantra. For those who have known me and walked besides me (aka “ran” to try to keep up), they are intensely familiar with my story…how I searched for any book, talk, study, whatever that would justify a “hyper-active” lifestyle. The search turned up empty as you would surmise. I had to come face to face with the fact that there is NO justification for out of control, breakneck pace, sustained chaotic, or crisis mode living. I had to own up to the fact that, as Archie Hart said in a very astute book (Adreneline and Stress) that I was an addict to my own stress and pace of life choices. I not only needed detox but I needed a retraining in life. So, without belaboring the point, I’m taking a few days “down”. I’m not answering that stupid cell phone…checking emails only for notes from friends…ignoring my business line and taking up something new…rest. For many of us who are in the same fast paced lifestyle, the next step on our journey in development, effectiveness, meaning, and flow in life might not be to take an actual step but to purposely sit down and rest. So, here’s my rest agenda for the next few days: time with my lovely sweetie (that would be my wife, Vicky), watching a few movies, reading a mindless novel, kayaking the Boise river, having dinner with some new pals, and meeting with our community group on the Sabbath for a bbq and worship/prayer. My imagination tells me that THAT could do the trick. So, I’m diving in…rather, flopping in. I’ll give you a full report…er, not really. It just sounded like the right thing to say at that point.

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