"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

To be busy or not to be busy - that is the question.

I'm back and unpacking today - trying to do it slowly, without stress. I did some thinking about 'this topic' when I was gone on what shall I call my spiritual journey.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Vs. Doing absolutely nothing. Are they totally opposite?

I know some people who are workaholics - it can be with their jobs, in their personal lives, anywhere - people who run around and don't take time to breathe and relax and see the beauty of life or take time for other people.

There are other people who try (?) to do nothing and they are so busy trying to do nothing that it can obsess their mind - they still aren't really relaxing and seeing the beauty of life or taking time for other people.

Opposite sides of the same coin.

And a third type person - one who can't see who they are - another story - the avoider of life.

I find for me there must be that balance of work and rest. I try to make sure that I live in a balanced life, but after this trip I am going to make darn sure that I carve out some time for myself to meditate and breathe, make an effort to talk to to a friend, do something that makes me stop and realize that I am alive. It does feel good to feel I've found out.

Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

So my gift to you today was this blog and this video - it is breath taking and I am going to watch it again myself. Stop - take a couple minutes - ENJOY it - and tell someone you care.


Chatty Crone

So where did I go? I'll give you a hint for a couple of days while I get my head together.This place sells more ice cream in the winter than any other city in the USA. My personal favorite type of ice cream is Gelato and they had a lot of that there too. Where did I go?


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Hmm...ye went somewheres COLD. Only those crazy cold-climate people can stand ice cream in the winter. Did ye go to Norway???

Chatty Crone said...

Your right - cold, but not Norway.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

I know, I know!
So glad that you're back, safe and sound...and insightful, and thinking.
Did it help?
Did it open you?
Were you ok with being on your own?
Was it hard to be away from Andy?
Was it a good trip?

Buttercup said...

Were you in New York? We've got lots of gelato. My favorite, too.

ClassyChassy said...

Switzerland??? Glad you are back and hope you will have a lot to share with us!!!