Sometimes the rhythm of our lives looks something like this:

Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go… stop!

There’s a lot of activity followed by a sudden halt as we slump exhausted into our recliners to recover our energy before launching into another round of busyness.

Alternatively we could try this:

Stop… go, go, go, go, go, go!

We pause before doing, giving ourselves the opportunity to plan our days, prioritise our activities, perhaps even start the day with prayer and meditation to get our thoughts in order.

Personally, I like the second order better.

It seems more in control, with more room for thinking and less opportunity for burn-out.

It was John Wooden who said, “Don’t confuse activity with accomplishment.”  Sometimes, it seems as though we’re busy for the sake of it, doing a lot of stuff without actually making any progress.

I heard someone else recently say that we should be “working out of our rest, not resting from our work.”  It’s a much more resourceful way of living that keeps our energy levels high and our minds clear.

So, let’s remember to stop before we go, rather than go until we stop.

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