We adopted a Dalmatian show dog after she was retired at the age of 5. She lived in a cage and didn't know how to run and play.
It took months before she would chase a ball and run around in circles in our yard for no apparent reason. She even found her happy place on a fire truck one day as the mascot of our kids' high school marching band. She did love a parade.
I think about our Dalmatian today as I prepare for vacation. I read a book about how to rest. Books are how I learn things I don't know how to do.
I had a podcast guest who wrote a book on the topic from a physician's point of view. I think she added years to my life with this quote: "Don't judge my rest." She wrote a prescription for me to rest—"find away to get away from what gives you pressure."
So I don't need a vacation from writing, reading, serving, worshipping or creating new projects.
I seek rest from the whiplash that comes from bouncing from one problem to the next every few seconds. I'll set every hat I wear high on a shelf, ready to be worn again, just not today.
I'm only packing my golf hat. I want to go outside and play and be thankful for the gift of vacation.
Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the media group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. His book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity, released July 2017.
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