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Are YOU in need of recuperation?

One of the articles I mentioned on Sunday is How to Care Less About Work. I know, you probably don't want your pastor - or your doctor or kid's teacher or pilot - caring less about their work!  But the article doesn't argue for not caring. It argues that our work - no matter how meaningful or important - shouldn't be the only thing in our lives. I t shouldn't consume all our energy.

 

The article urges us to re-discover what we really enjoy.  Not things to accomplish.  Not things to post on Instagram.  Not self-improvement.  Just enjoyment.  Aimless bike riding!  Playing the clarinet badly!  Rollerskating! Origami!  Make space for it. But the article offers this caution:

 

When you first start trying to put the guardrails on a flexible, post-pandemic schedule, you still might want to spend your newly protected time napping or ambiently watching sports. That’s totally normal and expected: You will essentially be in recovery, not just from years of overwork, but from the accumulated, consolidated stress of the pandemic. But just because you’ve lost sight of who you are, and what you like—outside child care and Netflix—doesn’t mean those things have disappeared altogether. Again, be patient and gentle with yourself. This isn’t “self-care.” It’s recuperation.

 

Folks, that was me on sabbatical!  I needed recuperation.  I "accomplished" almost nothing, but I did what had to be done: I recovered.

 

Are YOU in need of recuperation?  What might that look like?  What limits can you create for your paid work, for your unpaid work, for the pressure you put on yourself to "do" things?  Are you finding yourself just napping and watching sports in your free time?

 

I think we all need some recuperating, whether from decades of overwork or pandemic stress or family pressures or medical issues or political anxiety-- this Lent we will try to "make space" for recovering from this chaotic world, and rediscovering a calm center.  Join us!