Have you ever chosen to take a day away from it all? Take a vacation from life and enter into a space dedicated to the pursuit of peace? Recently, I took a day away from the normal grind, and I am so glad I did.
It’s amazing what happens when I disconnect from the world for a day. Good things seems to happen when I give myself permission to step away from my own heightened sense of my own self importance, choosing to simply be instead of constantly doing.
Fortunately, I am a part of an organization that has a culture of personal care and development. One of those aspects is rooted in the need to have a retreat day, a day that is set apart from normal business, a day set apart from the mental noise that fights for control. In that day I disconnect from a lot of the noisemakers in my life: no emails, calls, letter writing, or office work. It’s just me and God.
Sound easy? Well, I hate to burst bubbles, but it’s not.
Each time I do it though, I find out just how addicted to a busy life I am. Quite frankly, I live for a full lifestyle. I simply do not function well if my plate is constantly full with no outlet— I need to have an underlining principle of rest, otherwise I will implode. Especially as an introvert, I need this constantly.
When I unplug, who I perceive myself to be is removed and I am forced to confront who I really am. I am forced to deal with my baggage instead of running away from it. My dreams and fears come out to play as well in my mind, and they take over like a tree full of screaming monkeys.
That’s why I need Jesus.
I need him to strengthen me in my fears. I need him to rightly order my dreams and assure me about my place in his house. It is there, when I have to confront my inner monologue that I need to lean on Christ. When life is relentless, I need to be reminded of who I am by pausing for one day a month or an hour every day.
If it seems like you just aren’t good enough and the inner monologue dominates your psyche, then I hope you consider taking time away from the daily grind and just be. It just might be worth the pain.
Have you ever chosen to unplug?