There is an epidemic affecting the world. It affects our daily quality of life, our children, and has far reaching consequences for generations to come. I see it at my children’s elementary school, the grocery store, every restaurant I go to, the gym, the office, and at the movies. People say they are “resting”, “taking a break”, when what they are really doing is hiding. Here is the difference:
Rest: Cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
Hide: To put or keep out of sight; to prevent the disclosure or recognition of; conceal. To cut off from sight; cover up: To avert (one’s gaze), especially in shame or grief; to keep oneself out of sight.
My mother always used to say, “Rest is repair”. This is so true. When you rest, you are refueling, re-energizing, in order to get back into life and work even better.
When you are hiding and calling it resting, you are avoiding, hurting, ignoring, and denying a life you don’t love. When you over-eat, over-indulge and call it “resting” you come back to your life exhausted, resentful, and angry. You continue looking for more ways to spend money, eat, drink, or vacation in order to escape.
If you are resting, good for you. Savor it, enjoy it, and get rejuvenated. I can’t wait to get inspired by you.
If you are hiding, I can see you. I know you are hurting, but I also know it can get better.
“Live With Intention. Do What You Love.”