Simple enough question
On Sundays I take a long afternoon nap between worship and small group (If I can). I drink coffee almost every morning. That is basically it for my physical feeling of tired. But what about emotional tiredness or social tiredness or just being worn out from a long project, a hectic school semester, business trip, having company at your house, monotony of life. How do we handle that tiredness? We can simply sleep that off. And if we want to be good at our job or school or even keep our job and stay in school, we must "push through." That's what we say, "We gotta push through." That phrase alone says that we aren't energized at the moment.
There are seasons in every job or degree plan or activity we engage. There are also natural rhythms we have as individuals, families, and communities. Right now I get up before 7am and am in bed by Midnight every day. I know that my body could use more sleep, but this is the rhythm of my family at the time. I find my "push through" moments at work by finding great joy and fulfillment in what I do. If I'm overwhelmed I might do one of two things; either grab my journal notebook and begin to think about my sermon or next sermon, blog idea, or book idea and I might find some older men I have come to know and find a way to play dominoes with them and talk about life.
There was a time where if I couldn't get my alone time I would be unbearable to be around. It gave me energy to be in solitude. Now it seems that I gain so much energy from presenting a sermon or engaging with other people. I can't explain it, but it helps me get through the overwhelming, tiring pieces to what I do.
My family and I are getting ready to take a vacation together soon. I'm ready. I feel tired, but not physical tired, just time to take a break from my normal rhythm and switch it up for a week.
Right now I am so excited about our vacation that I'm focused on the idea of rest, but there are more rhythms than just rest. A natural rhythm for humans includes work, social engagement, love (romantic love), rest, learning, eating, and play. It would be interesting if there were an app on our phones that allowed us to track how much of each of these we participate in each day. Would we have healthy rhythms that would lead to healthy seasons that would help us to break from having more and more "push through" moments.