Don’t quit

Rest if you must, but don't you quit

“Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.” ~Edgar A. Guest (find full poem at https://allpoetry.com/poem/14327858-Don-t-Quit-by-Edgar-Albert-Guest)

When times get hard, it’s tempting to give up and quit, especially when we’re tired. I love this reminder to let ourselves rest instead of quitting. If you’re feeling exhausted in your journey toward healing, let yourself rest for awhile instead of quitting altogether. You might be surprised at how much easier it is to keep going after a good rest.

 

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The value of rest

The value of rest

“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” ~Mark Buchanan

When I find myself needing healing, my innate tendency is to keep myself busy by working harder and harder. Inevitably, that approach ultimately backfires. All my work and busyness keep me away from the things that bring me most alive and slow my healing. It’s only when I allow myself to rest and nurture those things that bring to life that I move toward actual healing.

 

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Choosing rest and play

It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol

It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.~Brené Brown

How often do you choose rest and play? Do you feel guilty when you do so? Allowing yourself time to rest and play is basic self-care that makes you healthier, more productive, and happier. Don’t let our culture’s celebration of exhaustion convince you otherwise!

 

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Rest is not idleness

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~John Lubbock

Rest is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for us to function at our best—physically, mentally, emotionally, and creatively. Be sure you’re making time in your life for idleness that nurtures and fills your spirit!

 

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Learning to rest

Feet sticking out of car window with grass and dirt road in background

“One of the best things you can learn to do is rest, rather than give up.” ~Richard Branson

In our busy, overworked culture, rest is often seen as laziness and is therefore avoided. Yet it’s hard to be resilient and creative and able to heal when we are overwhelmed and exhausted. We wind up giving up on the things that matter most out of exhaustion when what we really need is space to rest and regain our strength. How do you allow yourself to rest?