I am ready for a vacation! or am I?

Thursday, 20 October, 2022 - 9:51 pm

I am naturally a doer. I feel that I constantly need to get things done. To accomplish, build, fix, break, or learn.  

I am not good at vacationing. Even on vacation I pray, study Torah etc. To completely disconnect from others; not answering the phone, connecting, or reaching out to people? I just can't seem to do it.

In this week’s Torah portion, Bereshis, the Torah tells us about G-d creating the world. It tells us He was doing, building, creating, and completing His to do list.

There was one piece missing. Rest! Self-Care, the ability to do nothing. To rest.

Rashi comments on the verse "And G-d completed on the seventh day":

"...What was the world lacking? Rest. The Sabbath came, and so came rest. The work was completed and finished."

Learning this, I realized that vacation, taking time off to (seemingly) do nothing, is also part of the work. For the work to be complete one needs to learn how to rest.

I am not there yet, but I am working on it.

What is your relationship to rest?


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