finishing strong (part two)
I wrote this post on finishing strong a few weeks ago. It was my “go, go, go” battle cry. And I believe in it.
But there is more to say.
Alongside that go - that push to keep moving toward my goal - is a need for rest. I think rest is part of finishing strong and I think intentional forward movement and rest can live side by side quite companionably.
My instinct is to say that they are connected as a reward is connected to effort. Accomplish the goal and then rest in the aftermath. And that’s part of it. I had a goal to complete five sewing projects in 2018. I’m finishing up the fifth just now and fully intend to both celebrate my accomplishment and also take a sewing break for the last month and a half of the year.
But I don’t think that’s the whole story.
God designed rest right into his plan. It is essential and it is valuable. Sure, rest gives me energy to go again. (And that’s important.) But it also gives me direction. When I slow down, I often walk away with a eureka moment or two.
And isn’t it interesting to see exactly how we spend our rest time? For me, it’s usually reading and writing and snuggling up under a quilt. Funnily enough… the same things that I strive to accomplish and improve when I am in go mode.
As I’m wrapping up my list of 2018 goals, I want to give myself some freedom to think about what’s next. I want to work on a meaningful game plan for next year, while expecting little of myself in the present moment.
I’m going to enjoy a few days with nothing on the calendar. I’m going to spend time in quiet and contemplation - just being me and resting.
Here’s to finish the year strong.