And yet, too often we feel the need to do productive things FIRST before even thinking about rest. We beat ourselves up for wanting to rest at all; these are just two reasons why rest takes work.
Then, there are those harmful narratives about rest that society conditioned us to believe - narratives that stem around being “lazy,” “procrastinating,” or “not trying hard enough.”
Folks, I implore you (not *invite* you) to reframe such narratives. Instead of saying, “I am lazy, procrastinating, and not trying hard enough,” consider, “I am tired, unmotivated and need rest.”
Rest isn’t something to be earned. I say this especially to women, AND ESPECIALLY TO BLACK WOMEN.
To boast about being on the go keeping busy without rest isn't admirable. It doesn't imply strength. It shows a lack of self-value when it comes to resting your mind, body and spirit.
Rest isn’t the reward for a hard day’s work. Our work and consistent effort toward anything in life IS the reward, having taken the time to rest.
What stories do you carry about what it means to rest? If they inhibit you from unapologetically slowing down, sitting still and (gasp) doing nothing, I strongly encourage you to tell a new story.
Check your horoscopes to see what’s in store for this week ahead, and don’t forget to read for your Ascendant sign too.