One of the things that I love the most about going home is that I get to see my family’s cats. Right now we have three of them: Samson, Delilah, and Tigger. These three cuties always put a smile on my face, especially when they are sleeping.
On Christmas Eve, I walked into the living room to see Samson (we just call him Sammy) lying on top of a pile of pillows and blankets on the sofa. He looked so peaceful and happy! I just had to take a picture of him, snuggly and cute. Not only did Sammy look snuggly and cute, he also reminded me of what vacation should be—the opportunity to rest and recharge.
I am currently reading a book titled Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture. It is a wonderful read for anyone who is an introvert working in the church, and for anyone who works with introverts in ministry. One of the points made early on in the book is that introverts need time to rest and re-energize, especially after being in social environments that make life exhausting. This is very true—I experience it all the time—and although I know that rest is important, sometimes it doesn’t take a priority when there is so much else to do.
I will admit: there were moments during my vacation when I wasn’t on “vacation.” There were times I checked my e-mail and worked on Stories & Rituals lessons. I did even make a few phone calls. But, in the midst of the busyness of my vacation, I did have plenty of moments to rest and recharge. When a cat demanded my attention, I stopped. When Sammy or Delilah wanted cuddle time, we’d lay on the couch or on a bed, loving each other and being present. I had moments of laughter and joy with friends and family. There were even many days when I decided to sleep in, just because I could. It’s amazing how wonderful and refreshed you feel after spending some time in rest!
As a new year begins, and as we gear up to start the second half of our program year, I am rested and ready for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. And, as I switch out the photos that hang on the corkboard above my desk in the office, I will place the photo of Sammy sleeping on the pillows and blankets in a spot where I will always see it. Perhaps seeing the Sammy, all snuggly and cute, will help me remember to stop and rest!
May your 2015 be filled with love and moments of rest! I look forward to connecting with you during the upcoming semester.