I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with how precious my children are when they are asleep. I think it’s because I don’t get enough rest of my own, and my inner child is remembering how nice it felt to go to bed at 7:30 and wake up when I felt refreshed. (Not to mention that a sleeping child is just plain adorable!) The key of it is this: I don’t really have all that much pressing for attention after 10pm (or 11, or 12…) because I just like to be awake. I enjoy the quiet, and I enjoy having time to myself. I am introverted in the sense that I get my energy from being alone, and being surrounded by wee ones day in and day out doesn’t qualify as “alone time.” So it is often in the evenings that I find myself full of energy and resting – even though I’m not asleep.
Rest is not only found in sleep, but also in time away from the normal routine to recharge and re-energize. I know this to be true: I am a better mother when I am rested, a better child care provider and preschool teacher, and a better and more decent human being. Rested, I react out of my reserves rather than my caffeine-supported alertness.
I will leave you with this to ponder while I take some time away. I can’t guarantee any more clocked sleeping hours, but being out of my normal routine will nourish my soul, and I will be back in the second week of July with more conversation!
May you find ways to nourish your soul and find rest for the journey towards the abundant life.