Saturday, March 16, 2013

I'm not very good at rest

The Five Minute Friday (or Saturday in my case) prompt this week is rest.

I'm not very good at the art of rest.   My mind is constantly running.   What's happening next today, tonight, tomorrow, 6 months from now.   Sometimes I need to make a deliberate effort to do nothing.   And yes, sitting with a book and drinking coffee on a Saturday morning is nothing.  It's an act of rest.  

My travel attitude follows the same pattern.    I want to see, do, be.    At long last, my travel self has slowed down.    She enjoys sitting with a coffee, a slice of baklava, or a cup of gelato and just soaking it in.    Sitting on a comfy chair writing in her journal.   Listening to the music, whether it's a guitar player in a bar or jams on the ipod.  

When can we tell ourselves that it's ok to rest.  To be.  To relax.  To enjoy.   American culture certainly doesn't push us in that direction.

Rest looks different to each person.   Reading a book while drinking coffee might be too much activity for someone else.  Or look too much like work.  

What does rest look like to you?


A group of bloggers from all over get together on Fridays (or Saturdays) to write for five minutes, unscripted, based on a prompt from Lisa Jo Baker's blog.    Feel free to join in the fun.


  1. Hi Jenni,

    A latte and that lovely hammock you show sound like wonderful rest components to me!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog via FMF.


  2. If only that were my real life hammock for daily resting instead of a vacation hammock...

  3. "Rest" does look different for each person doesn't it? I hadn't really thought about that but it's true. For some a long hard run is the best "rest" they can get and for others curling up in that hammock with a good book or with no book at all. . . good thoughts! Visiting from FMF today. Thanks for sharing.



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