It is Okay to Rest
I seen you work hard. I see your perseverance and how steadfast you been. I seen you carry the weight of leadership, all the joys and struggles. You have been carrying it with grace and integrity. Your efforts are not in vain. Every centimeter of it is progress.
I know sometimes there are days where life gives you the biggest middle finger. Those days where the load seems unbearable, you continued to pick up the things that were dropped. Sometimes you lost your patience, but that is okay because you examined what went wrong and how to handle it better next time. You led with integrity and character. That is all the call of leadership asks of you.
You have been very busy, but now is time to rest. A burnt out leader is a leader with no influence, no impact.
So rest. Take care of your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Take a step away from the routines and deadlines. Break away from schedules and find some time for yourself. This is not selfish, this is healthy and essential if you want to live a culture of serve, build, lead, and live.
Step away from the crowd and find a place for you to recenter. Do something that relaxes you and lets you reflect. An afternoon walk, reading in the park, photography, music, writing, whatever you need to reexamine yourself. Be led to a place that gets you out of your element. Be led to a place where you are able to hear yourself think.
Have purpose for your rest.
Sometimes we get so busy in the schedules we forget that we have an ability to be aware, and to remember our values or even who we are. The things that are most important to us, the values that fuel our walk as leaders can adrift in the midst of the process. But that is alright. There is hope. The things lost in translation are to be found again in your rest. Sometimes even coming back with a stronger essence.
What do you need to find again? What do you want to find again?
When you are rested, your leadership will come back strong, energized, and more determined than before. Don’t be afraid to rest. Leader, it is okay to rest.
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