I live a high proportion of my life distracted by stuff.
I’m distracted by the glorification of busyness and the thrill of achievements, by the adrenaline of the current challenges I face or the latest drama I’ve entered into, by the allure of what could be, often passing by the reality of what already is. I’m distracted by the promise of satisfaction when I finally get “there”…wherever “there” may be.
It has been a very long and busy year yet it has passed by in a flash – I wonder how many of you can echo that as you look back on 2012.
There’s a striving that occurs in life that allows little time for rest these days. Not the rest that is found sitting around doing nothing, chilling out on the beach or taking a break, but a deeper rest, a rest from all of the striving and self-justification, a rest that allows us to be at peace even when we’re exerting ourselves.
Being motivated and driven, being an activist, wanting to achieve great things and working hard; these are all admirable traits—and they sure do get things done—but they come at an often unnoticed cost: the inability to just be. How often do we fail at that?
So often I pull my identity out of my list of achievements. I have done much therefore I am worth much, I have achieved success therefore I am successful. Far too regularly my sense of value and worth run in parallel with my daily activities, climbing up and falling down as the weeks pass by. There’s something fundamentally wrong and exhausting about that.
And maybe that’s the beauty of this time of year. We all get to stop for a while and take stock. We spend time with the people that matter most and reflect on what is important to us. We get to adjust our priorities and resolve to get it a little more right next year.
My hope this Christmas, for you as well as for me, is to get a break from the distractions of everyday life, to take note of the little reminders that come our way over this season of what is really meaningful and true, and amidst the busyness of it all find deep rest for our souls.
Merry Christmas to you all.