Rest is Not Idleness

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”     John Lubbock

Summer is upon us and I sometimes have to work to relax. It can be hard to step back and let go enough to savor each morsel, remembering that this is a beautiful chance to rest, recuperate, and reconnect. And that this opportunity for respite is important, too. Later, there will be time to think ahead and plan. Sometimes the best thinking happens with a glass of lemonade in hand.

One of the best parts of teaching is the rhythm of each year. There is a head-down, get to work feel in the cold months of winter. There is a build to crescendo each spring as we master our new learning. Then a hot, dreamy summer vacation that allows for a fresh start each fall.

Each September is a do-over, a chance to do it all again and try to make it better each time. While I won’t have the same math or phonics lessons to work on with our Board next year, we will have the same cycle of church events to look forward to. Hopefully, we will also have new accomplishments to celebrate as our committees create something fresh that excites them. Much of what we do in the coming year will be made possible by the chance to have this summer to recharge.

So go for a sail, climb a tree, read, drink that iced coffee, bury your toes in the sand, take a siesta, play.

Emily Cranwell

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