Go, go, go!

That seems to be my life lately.

No stopping to breathe.


Smell the roses.

A few days arrive in which I allow myself

to rest,

To slow down,

To think.

Rest heals my body and the lingering cough disappears.

Rest clears my mind and I am able to think with more clarity.

Rest eases the stress:

I feel myself enjoying my surroundings more;

Taking pleasure in the everyday.

I know I need more time to wind down,

Do what my soul craves.

But like all moving in the rat race, I take it when I can,

Or when my body forces me to.

Rest and recharge.

Then continue with life.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Rest)


29 thoughts on “Rest

  1. I just read today that stress causes inflammation. It is very important to rest. I probably get too much rest right now…I’m not working…but that’s stressful in itself because I want to work and of course, need to save more for retirement. Oh well…I’m enjoying life too though!


    1. Yes, stress does damage one’s health – and I can believe it as my body often forces me to rest. Unfortunately we live in a society that encourages us to work and be busy every minute of the day. Enjoy your moments of excess rest – and store it for the times when you will need it 🙂


  2. As much as teaching was a job I loved, life is much less stressful now that I’m retired. As rewarding as it was, as fun, interesting, enlightening, gratifying, oh and did I mention fun, as it was, I am much, MUCH more ‘restful’ these days. Older CAN be a good thing ;-).


  3. I could not function unless I set aside a little quiet time to meditate and recharge. I am glad you are taking that time as well. It’s important!



  4. Sounds like a normal day in life Colline, always something to do and if not we find something to do, personally at my age the most important thing for me to do is to find time to rest.
    I refuse to burn out over unfinished projects or stress.


    1. The perfect place to be. Unfortunately I have not reached that time of my life yet. Most of the stress is work-related – which often encroaches on family time.


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