Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Need for Renewal

I am a busy person, sometimes CRAZY busy. I'm pretty sure everyone feels this way, and I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing. I always say, I'd rather be busy than bored. I like knowing that I've been productive and seeing all that I have accomplished at the end of the day. However, sometimes, I say "yes" too many times, do too many things and end up tired, overworked, and somewhat discouraged as I look an my endless list of things "to do".

This is why I need renewal. Thankfully, this weekend has been filled with opportunities to do just that. I got to take two days off work and go to a literacy conference in Salt Lake, I went to a regional YSA temple day at the Salt Lake temple yesterday, and I am currently enjoying some much needed relaxation time.

As backwards as it seems on the surface, we sometimes need to stop and rest in order to be more productive later. Stephen R. Covey calls this "sharpening the saw." I call it remembering why I love all the things I do in the first place. To "renew" is literally to make something new again. We have "renewable resources" and plants that are renewed to life each spring.

This weekend has truly made me a new teacher, disciple, and individual. I like my students again, and I am amazed at how much more capable I feel. I'm ready to take on the world and whatever chaos may come my way. Oh, what a little rest can do.

So, take some time for YOU this week!