I’m writing this message to you before my vacation, when you’ll actually be reading this the day I return. Because of my son’s accident, we’ve had to cancel much of the vacation plans we had made. And, in my family, what we all need right now is rest.
I’ll be paying attention to the books on my pile: How to Do Nothing, by Jenny O’Dell, which elaborates “a practical philosophy to help us slow down and temporarily sidestep the forces aligned against both our mental health and long-term human survival.” And, another, Fierce Self Compassion, by Kristen Neff, learning that “the desire to alleviate suffering at the heart of this mindset isn’t always gentle, sometimes it’s fierce.”
The many traumas of the pandemic have left many of us weary and “crispy.” My goal for my time away is to re-fill my cup, so that I can return to the congregation with an open heart, able to be responsive to the year ahead.
I follow an Instagram account led by black women called “The Nap Ministry.” They describe their efforts as an examination of “the liberating power of naps. We believe rest is a form of resistance and reparations.” It’s a great reminder to me as a white person how capitalism has set us all up to not think we are enough. Just as we are.
As a Unitarian Universalist, I want to remember our counter-cultural commission to remember “the inherent worth and dignity” of people outside of their productivity. We are all worth it.
I look forward to seeing you at worship on Sunday, August 1st.
Blessings to you all for a restful summer.
Always in the love,