TMV: Too Much Vacation?

I did not think that it was possible, but I think that I have officially achieved a state of “too much vacation.”  Now, after five full weeks of relative aimlessness and life without routine, I am very ready to return to business as usual.  Or start business as usual.

 Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve been mildly productive.  And each day I find new ways to better myself and humanity (educational podcasts!).  But Sabbath was meant to be once a week.  If you’re not really working, then you’re never really resting, either, because you have nothing to rest from.

And they wonder why some people freak out in retirement.

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Taoist Wisdom

To attain knowledge, add things every day.  To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” — Lao-tse, Tao Te Ching

I am not Taoist, but man that seems like a good idea.  It’s different from my definition of wisdom (1), but jives well with the symptoms of wisdom (2).  What I love about other religions and view points is that they can give me a fresh perspective on my own.  Taoism reminds me of what should be aspects of my Christianity, but which I forgot along the way.

1: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  Psalm 111:10

2: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”  Isaiah 30:15

I cannot rest by simply desiring to.  But I can rest because of the trust that I put in God.

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 5:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Learning to Be

Stillness vs. The “American Dream”

“Greed is good for the economy,” Reagan said, and it was true.  So we rushed to our jobs, to sign up for overtime, to buy bigger houses and bigger toys for our shrinking lives.  No time.  No energy.  No passion for people.

So I poured myself out for others.  But I still found myself rushing from activity to activity, running myself dry.  A life of service can be just as draining and self-defeating as a life for self.

My soul has begun its slow rebellion.  This is a battle I will be fighting for the rest of my life.  I am doing less, resting more, and listening: to others, to God, and to myself.  “In godliness and contentment is great gain,” said Paul.  I had forgotten how much so until reading about Taoism and Winnie the Pooh (*paraphrase from Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh, quoting Milne’s original):

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”          

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh.  “What do you say?”

“I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?”

Pooh nodded thoughtfully.  “It’s the same thing.”

All of the adventure, joy, beauty, and life that we seek are right under our noses.  God, give us the eyes to see it, and the hearts to embrace it!

 

Pooh and Piglet