On Rest

Posted on July 9th, 2015 by

24/7. Many of us are so proud to say that’s how many hours we work in a week. “Being busy” is valued above all else. And yet, being busy can be the most counterproductive thing we do, if it is not accompanied by rest.

I remember when I was in high school I was proud that I played six hours of tennis a day in the summers. That is, I was proud until I burned out, put my racket away and didn’t touch it for four years. I came to hate the game I loved.

Anything done to excess will cause us to lose balance and eventually lose joy in what we love.

Our staff has been on 4th of July break for six days after working 24/7 for a month (Did that sound proud? Sorry about that, hard habit to break…).

They have gone off to play, to see families and friends, and to rejuvenate. The number one response I got from them when I asked what they would do on break is….. sleep. And that is what I have done, too. Slept, sat and listened to birds, hung out with my family and friends quietly, and stepped back to realize how lucky I am.

Without this rest, we would not be fresh for the second half of the summer.

But we are rested. We are ready. And we are restored.

I hope you take time in your day, week, summer, life, and tennis game to rest.

Now it’s time to head off for one last nap!


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  1. Brady Schmidt says:

    Love your summer series, Neal!

  2. Molly says:

    I am so excited for TLC this year! It is one of the places where I feel at home and free! I just can’t wait 2 whole weeks!!


  3. Karen Mann says:

    Rest well! Is that book your biography?

  4. R Anderson says:

    And just look at the title of that book!

  5. Mark says:

    Thank you to all the TLC staff for their energy, enthusiasm and joy! Any rest you get is well deserved.

  6. Meg says:

    Thank you TLC’ers for taking a long extended, well deserved break before the best 3 1/2 days of summer! July Adult Camp.
    Without a break everyone at TLC is always at their best, they are simply Super Human coming off a 6 day hiatus.

    Cant wait to see everyone.

    Meg Nixon