A rest-full ‘way of being’


I’ve been thinking about imposed rest. Can you actually impose rest? Or is it that we require a change in our immediate activity and / or remain in a particular place?

Thought of in this way, the imposition for rest relates to activity and place, rather than our ‘way of being’. We can limit and change activity and place, but we are powerless to enforce ‘rest’.

We influence the openness of our ‘way of being’ toward rest. We make every day decisions about our appointments and tasks for the day that influence the restfulness of our way of being.

As we make decisions we can enable or limit the opportunity for being full of rest, ‘rest-full’. Our decision making, or lack of decision making, influences ‘how’ we are and ‘how’ experience relationships that are near to us.

Just as we need days of rest, I think we also need to find restful ways of being in our everyday lives.

I’m heading home today from five days of intravenous medication in hospital. The infection in my ear has been dealt to and is returning to normal.

In my time in hospital I have reviewed four research proposals, answered my emails, and given thought to my week ahead. While this might sound busy, I’ve actually enjoyed these activities, in the knowledge that the school of education has many wonderful leaders who are building the school in my absence.

As I come to leave this place, my thoughts are with Pauline, fishing, driving, second hand shops in Strathalbyn, our extended family of five children and our four beautiful grandchildren. (That’s right, there’s no activity or space for work, administration, or any form of work related reading). This is how I reach for restful ways of being this weekend.


2 thoughts on “A rest-full ‘way of being’”

  1. Hello David, trust you are feeling better after leaving hospital. Re-assuring to read your thoughts on rest – it’s certainly given us something to chew on here at Portside Christian College.
    Anton Visser

    1. Thanks Anton.

      I’ve been wondering about ‘rest’ as a characteristic within our everyday roles. All too often, we think of rest as being ‘after’ our daily ‘doing’. Is there a ‘resting’ that is not just physical and which is found in our approach to our everyday way of being at work?

      For example, a way of being that ‘rests’ in the knowledge and resoluteness of a particular course of action, or perhaps rests in the knowledge that we have no idea of what to do, except that as a leader we need to be fully involved, improvising towards solutions that work for a greater good.

      So my thanks Anton for provoking me to ponder (phenomenologically) while resting horizontally

      Have a rest-full day


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