Work, Rest & Play (FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY)

I feel a bit guilty writing on this prompt, especially having seen all the Back to School photos on Facebook. My boys are too old for all that (although we may indulge in Back to University and Start of New Job posts of them in a couple of weeks) plus I am in the middle of what’s proving to be a very relaxing two week break.

We’re on holiday in Cornwall at the moment, just my Beloved and I, enjoying lazy mornings, walks on the beach, and a chance to decompress after recent events.

No conversations about our jobs and the stresses involved mean we’ve switched right off from the world of work. Our minds are fully occupied by good books and great scenery; the only decision making required is which pebbles to pick to take home and when to stop taking photos of the views.

We’re feeling incredibly tired at the end of each day but from all the walking we’re doing, much of it hilly. And we’re both sleeping so much better than usual.

The trick is how to transpose this to our day to day working lives? We’ve talked of daily, or at least weekend walks, of physically going away more regularly – booking it in advance – and certainly we want to come back here, out of the seasonal rush again and away from the tourist hotspots. I must impose on myself the long thought of discipline of restricted evening television watching for other activities like reading and knitting. I need to not be afraid of the silence (or put music or the radio on instead).

Perhaps we could reinstate our Sabbath meal and I could bake Challah again. Maybe 24 hours later than tradition when my Beloved has to work Saturdays. Prepare meals for the following day in advance. Find a better balance between work and rest, practise relaxation rather than exhaustion, build it into our routine.

Because, as Rob Parsons wrote, ‘Who ever got to the end of their life and said “I wish I’d spent more time at the office”?’

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5 thoughts on “Work, Rest & Play (FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY)

  1. It is great that you are having the type of vacation that is rejuvenating instead of the type that you have to recover from. 🙂 I pray that Father God will give you what you need to implement the lifestyle changes you mentioned. Thanks for including the lovely photographs. Blessings. Visiting from FMF.

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  2. don’t feel guilty about being on a vacation. we were supposed to go on one a couple of weeks ago and 2 days b/f we were supposed to go, my husband had a 3rd stroke (2nd one this year:( it was very disappointing. needless to say, we didn’t get to go on our vacation. we were really looking forward to it too:(

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  3. Enjoy your holiday – it sounds wonderful!! We were to leave tomorrow but Hurricane Irma has postponed that trip for a couple weeks….but I’m looking forward to the same type of rest and recharging!

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