Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rest

We live such fast-paced lives, don't we?

We rush from A to B, and all the way through to Z. How often do we take a break to rest? How often do we set aside time to be thankful?

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It seems like moments to ourselves go on the back-burner, when really they should be a prominent part of our routine.

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Photography is one of my favorite hobbies. It relaxes me and definitely reminds me about the beauty around me. But as I think about my day-to-day routine, I haven't been very intentional about setting aside time to be thankful to God for the things He's given me. More often than not, the times when I am alone with my thoughts are just gaps in between my schedule - not times that I have deliberately set aside.

Do you set aside the time to contemplate and be thankful for the blessings in your life?

29 comments:

Maki said...

As you know, I'm very nervous and get scared about the pace we're living - it's way too fast. I feel like I can't even take a breath.... But I always take the time with my girls and pray in bed before they go to sleep - it calms me and I'm thankful for my girls and my life....

xoxo

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I agree. We do move so, so fast these days, I often find it hard to keep up. Floristry is one of my things I do to unwind and relax. Lovely to hear that photography is yours. Will

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh so true! it's like I feel guilty when I'm not running! thanks for reminding me about relax and peaceful moments! xo

Melanie's Randomness said...

Lately I have been trying to find time to rest. It wears you down. That's why I love the summer. You can just lounge in a pool or go to the beach & just turn off for a while. Rest is so under-rated! =)

alaina said...

what a beautiful thought provoking post...i set aside time every night before bed to read a little and pray and just to be quiet really...and a little in the morning too if i can..i usually try to make time, not just to take time! i really believe it is SO important!

Silver Strands said...

Thanks for your comment Dionne. This is a beautiful post - I'd like to link to it on my blog tomorrow. I've so enjoyed scrolling through your blog!
oxoxox
Denalee

Michele Lee said...

What a sweet reminder. Mornings are my time to relax...and also guilty enough, getting on blogger and reading all of your lovely blogs. Beautiful pictures. :)

Ashley Yazzie said...

D,

I do take the time to be quiet. It's usually when I stop to be still that I come up with my best ideas. On bad days when I want to throw in the towel I pick up a pen and paper and write down as many things I can think of that I'm grateful for. It sure helps.

Hugs and Macarons,

Ash

lisaroy said...

what a lovely post! no, I don't take nearly enough time to slow down but oddly enough, reading blog posts like yours make me slow down if only for a moment and reflect on all the good things in my life. So thanks for doing that! : )

Kelly said...

What a beautiful post and a stunning blog you have! No, I don't take enough time to rest - that's something that I'm trying to work on. Even if I lay down for 20 minutes when my son naps, it helps.

Gaia said...

I'd love to take more time to rest and think to the beauty of life!

Tank Gd I have you to emind me to th bauty with your blog!
Have a great week!

sEy said...

nice posts. It's really and a must that we should take time to pray and thank God for his blessings

sharon said...

thank you so much for this beautiful and needed reminder

k. davis said...

this is definitely something that I "try" and aim to do often. I call it J.A.M time (Jesus and Me time)... it's wonderful. It's typically filled with walks around new places, and I'm always amazed at all the blessings surrounding me!

Nicole Marie said...

i know just what you mean. we're always in a rush but we have to remember to just stop and look around for a second and be so thankful for everything around us.

the southern hostess said...

Thank you for this post. I needed this kind of reminder.

Rainy Daisy said...

oh my, yes. I think there is entirely too much noise and movement in this world, like murphy's law. What I have observed in my students is that they have a habit of endless talk, as if narrating their own lives, like a perpetual dialogue. How exhausting! I suspect it's from so much television, but how does one get a moment to rest the brain and just drift if there is a steady stream of chatter?

These photos are so peaceful. Thank you!
Cheers,
Daisy

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

What an important post! I'm afraid I don't set aside enough time as I should and this is just the reminder I needed. I too love photography and wish I had more time for interests like taking pictures, writing, painting. All in good time, right? We are so fortunate that we have the luxury of pursuing our passions.

XX Katie

avant garde said...

i have to say that i don't make enough time, but i do get in bits now and then :) heading to the beach, winter or summer is where i breathe best. there is something about being alone or with loved ones on the beach, it's a magical place for me and thank goodness i am surrounded by them!

Sarah Mina said...

You're right, it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get things done and take a little break. I am hoping that some upcoming vacation time will be restful for me!

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Barbara said...

It's less busy in the summer down here, Dionne, so I take more time to rest and think and read and all those good things!

Kaye Prince said...

It would be lovely to just have chunks of time devoted to contemplation, but alas with my schedule it is just not possible! I will definitely try harder to make sure that I take in what is around me though!

SK said...

Thank you for reminding me to take a break and rest - I will count my blessings one by one before I fall asleep tonight. Your blog has such positive effects!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I love when I stop and slow down. Makes me notice all the great things in life!

Tender Branson said...

You are right, it is rare when I sit back and contemplate or enjoy the good things in my life. I think that is what makes those moments special because I remember them and I am right there in mind and body.

LBB said...

Hmm...not as often as I should...mostly just at night when everything else in the day is out of sight. Nice post, Dionne!

Lovely Scribbles said...

What a lovely post, Dionne. I try to set aside time to seek the Lord, and I try to journal all that I'm thankful for and the ways God has blessed my life. It's not always easy to find the time, but I think when we make the time, God blesses us and speaks to our hearts in such an incredible way.

Little Miss Tiara said...

this year is indeed movin too fast to my liking, I mean... how on earth it's June 2010 already? I remember yesterday was still the day I saw fireworks and confessed to the best friend!

It's even harder to believe how now everyday I have to work on my thesis harder because the professor wants me to get graduated by August. Holy! August?

So sometimes I just sit in front of my computer with my wacom in hand, or in front of my desk with my crayon all around, and colorful papers, and pens... drawing has always been a perfect escapade for me. :)

Pamela said...

This is something I try to do each day--especially when playing with my daughters. Life is SO precious.