Oil well? Rig? Pump? Big machine that goes up and down?!?
Whatever it’s called, this thing has sat on the Colorado prairie a third of a mile east of that blue house off in the distance—aka the Miller home—since we moved here over 16 years ago.
Watching it from our back porch for a decade and a half, here’s what I’ve observed:
Some days it pumps away, working super hard to do whatever it’s designed to do.
Other days it’s in motion just for a short while.
Once in a while—nothing. It just sits.
When it does nothing, I ponder, Is it resting? Thinking? Waiting for instruction. Lacking motivation? Does it need clearer purpose?
I’m just not sure, but I am pretty certain that its on-again, off-again productivity causes it very little guilt.
I need to be a bit more like that.
The truth is, some days I get a whole lot done, while other days … not so much. But that’s okay.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to be a “hard charger” with big dreams and goals. But it’s also good to just … rest. Letting myself have an off day—a less productive time—is something I’ve needed to learn, right along with healthy self-talk like …
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Nobody can run at full speed everyday.
Our 23-year-old daughter, Molly, ran 12 miles the other morn in preparation for a half-marathon. Twelve miles! When teased by her brother, Michael, on Facebook about whether she really ran it nonstop, she finally responded with a touch of chagrin, “Well, I did take one two-minute breather.”
Um, wow, Mol—nothing wrong with that! I thought.
After posting my congratulations on her timeline, I realized what I should’ve said was this:
“Mol, remember that lonely oil pumping apparatus standing in the field east of our house that we’ve watched for years and years, wondering what it does and who owns it? Well, it takes lots of breathers and is probably unashamed of every one of them!”
Few machines and no person that I know can run non-stop day in and day out.
It’s okay to rest. In fact, it’s good to rest. Can you rest in that truth? I hope so.
How do you treat yourself when you “take a breather”?
How do you rejuvenate, reinvigorate, and reignite?