A Time Away

A Time Away

Our busy lifestyles often keep us from pursuing quieter, more relaxed time. We have our “to do” lists, our planners and our social media, each demanding a fair share of our time and attention. And that doesn’t account for the demands of family and church which are not far behind. Yet, nearly every authority on lifestyle (the Bible, psychologists, sociologists and medical experts) has volumes of evidence pointing to the need for people to have less stress, less activity and more rest in their lives as well as time away from the routine of busyness. A Rabbi friend in Portland, Oregon publishes a newsletter called the “77% Weekly”. He came up with the name because he sends a newsletter every Monday except the last Monday of each month, hence, 40/52 or 77%! He does that to remind his readers that we all need to take some time off from the busyness.

I will be doing just that, with Diane of course! We will be attending the National Genealogical Society Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, before going to the beach for a week. Then we will visit Diane’s cousin who lives nearby and my Aunt and cousin who live in Charleston, South Carolina. On the way back to Louisville, we hope to spend some time with friends in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Rabbi Brian leaves us with this from his most recent “Non-Issue” (the name for the last Monday of the month newsletter.) Here are two of my favorite quotes on the topic of not-striving.

Rilke:

I would like to beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart, and to love the questions themselves as though they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you wouldn’t be able to understand them. The point is to live everything – live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday, far into the future, you will gradually, without even knowing it, live your way into the answer.

Lao Tzu:

Shapeable as a block of wood, receptive as a valley,
clear as a glass of water, do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles?
Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?
The master does not seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting, but present and welcoming the outcome of all things.

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