Rest(ing) is Taboo?

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Rest(ing) is Taboo?

Or should I say, “Rest(ing) is a big No-No in our society?”

A connection of mine on LinkedIn (Lana) had posted the following;


This was me for today… After my illness and treatments, there is one biggest re-learning that happened- my relationship with REST. What I realized and share with others is that- Resting has its place in our calendars, schedules, agendas. It has an important place in our bodies, our minds, and our souls. It has an important place for rejuvenation, reimagination, and recreation. Let’s not be ashamed to add rest as a recipe for a self-full


When I read this, I was thinking about my own situation.
Before my first operation, I was working really hard and had no time to rest.
After that, you had to slow down but that only lasted for maybe half a year and then your back again, at full speed.

After my last operation, I was forced to slow down.
Also because I did not have to work anymore, I had enough spare time.
But of course, your body needs to rest enough to recover from all that had happened.
Sometimes Lana and I said to each other, “There is a new me”
We both had to adjust our lifestyle.
And REST was a big part of it.

Especially after they discovered Heart Failure.
For me, REST is now a very big part of my life.
If I don’t take it easy or keep on rushing, my body will let me know that I had overdone it.
It then takes several hours before my body feels ok again.

So for me, it is ok to take time and REST.
Even in the middle of the day.
But the whole world around us is looking at it and don’t understand what you are doing.
The world around us is so much in a hurry or rush, there is no time to REST.
Everyone thinks, that if they stop moving and take a REST, the whole world will stop moving.
But life goes on.
If you are moving or not, things still will happen.

I would like to thank Lana Jelenjev for letting me share your post.

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2 thoughts on “Rest(ing) is Taboo?

  1. I like your thoughts on rest as well as that of Lana. I have a better understanding of those recovering from illness. Sis. Ching

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