Do you ever find that you long for a break from the busyness of life, the weekend comes and goes, and on Monday you wake with the feeling that you need another weekend?
This might have something to do with us having un-learned the art of rest. In an age when we are taught that busy-ness breeds success we often forget that rest is essential in a healthy and happy life. The problem is that rest requires humility and this is the central message of today’s gospel reading: true humility accepts that fact that it doesn’t all depend on us and our efforts.
I’m taking a bit of a break today by sharing a post from the Food For Faith archive. It’s one of the most popular video clips that has appeared on Food For Faith and one of the best presentations of the meaning of rest that I have heard.
Last century the well-respected German philosopher Josef Pieper wrote about rest in his book Leisure: the basis of Culture. Pieper suggests that our misguided belief that everything of value can be achieved through work has pretty much eliminated our culture’s ability to truly relax and to play.
Pieper reminds us that leisure is the basis of healthy human existence and therefore of a healthy culture.
At this half way point of our daily Lenten reflections I thought I’d take a break myself and rather than prepare a video clip or reflection I’d share the work of another for our Saturday encouragement.
You might like to take ten minutes to be inspired by this video clip. I guarantee it will change the way you want to use your leisure time.
Take a moment to savour this inspiration from Thomas Merton.
“If we strive to be happy
by filling all the silences of life with sound,
productive by turning all life’s leisure into work,
and real by turning all our being into doing,
we will only succeed in producing a hell on earth.”
Thomas Merton, “No Man is an Island