Rest is Not a Reward

You’ve earned a rest.

How often have you heard that? How often have you said this to yourself, like rest is some kind of reward?

It’s a natural part of our vocabulary. We’re conditioned to believe that we can’t rest until we’ve done enough work.

But here’s the thing:

We’re working all the time.

Here’s the other thing:

“Enough” is a massively sliding scale – and it never ends.

That’s not me being cynical. That’s a fact. There’s always something else to do, but I think we can lose sight of the idea that Rest isn’t a Reward – it’s a crucial part of the cycle.

You can’t work all the time. Even the sharpest of blades will dull with use and need to be sharpened. We need care and maintenance – though we’re conditioned to downplay that part of it.

Downplayed or not, the Rest is just as important – if not even more important – than the work.

So take the time you need. Put your feet up. Refill the well.


Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.


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