Blogger: Etta Wilson
Location: Books & Such office, Nashville
Weather: Finally up from freezing
My new Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary lists one definition for the noun “rest” as “freedom from activity or labor.” That’s what I had in mind at the end of the year after the whirlwind of Christmas activities and travel.
Well, after last week’s inaugural call to action, we had all better get back to the basics of hard work and creative thinking that inspire us to reach goals we had not imagined–and hopefully to create some capital. But it’s not just our new President’s words that spur me on. It’s the brisk, bright January weather, the feeling that you’ve got to move to keep the blood circulating, if nothing else.
Just as I’m resolving to bustle about and work hard, I also need to resolve to rest. That raises the question: What really is restful for us? Does the increased number of cars I see at the local YMCA indicate more than people simply wanting to get rid of holiday weight gain? Are people “resting” in there?
I’d like to know what you consider to be a rest in body, in mind, and in spirit. Here are some questions to spur on a discussion. Pick any of them that spur you on to rest–or at least to think about resting.
1. Do you feel boredom may be a sign that you need exercise?
2. How long do you sit writing without taking a rest and rising to stretch or walk?
3. How often do you “rest” your mind by reading a totally different kind of book?
4. Do you have a hobby that you engage in once or twice a month?
5. When did you last take an educational course lasting at least 4 sessions?
6. Do you feel the need to have some activity or time with others outside your home?
7. Have you been on a renewal retreat in the last two years? Lots of us Bookies, as we affectionately refer to the clients, agents, publicist and assistant at Books & Such, just did that in October and wasn’t it refreshing in several ways?
Rather than let your answers inspire any guilt, let me take that burden on for you since the questions are based on my shortcomings. Now I must go for a walk. It’s finally warm enough to venture out in January, and I’ve been sitting entirely too long!