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Purpose-driven people can become too obsessed with work and believe they don’t have time for fun. One of the best ways to maintain your perspective on what’s truly important is to plan times of rest, recreation, and meditation. The need for humans to be aware that they need recharging on occasion is present in many different aspects of life:

  1. Physical awareness – You should always take the opportunity to enjoy physical activities that get you up and moving at your own pace and comfort level. It should be an activity that doesn’t require work that causes you stress and anxiety. It can be something as simple as walking, hiking or riding your bike.  Others seek meaning through their connection to nature or art. These activities allow the mind to focus on the beauty of things surrounding your environment and nature.
  2. Spiritual awareness – Becoming spiritually aware involves exploring our own being in order to become whole and to reunite our spirits with our physical bodies in a commonality of purpose. It typically involves a search for meaning in life and a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. It is also an opportunity to find comfort in a personal relationship with a higher power.
  3. Emotional awareness – Have you ever heard someone advise to “get your emotions in check.” The ability to recognize and understand one’s own emotions is important throughout life. People with this competence are able to identify subtle differences in their emotions and know how their emotions affect their behavior, decisions, and performance towards others.
  4. Relationship awareness– Our behavior traits should be consistent with what we find gratifying in interpersonal relations and with concepts or beliefs we hold about how to interact with others to achieve gratifications. Our awareness for any relationship should then provide an effective means for understanding others so that interpersonal relationships can be mutually productive and gratifying. Relationship awareness helps us to be genuine to others and to focus on meaningful acts of kindness.

Find ways to rest and recreate to restore your creativity, fuel your vision, and bring balance to your world. The fact is, some of the people we admire the most are socially and relationally dysfunctional mainly because they are too purpose driven and not rational in their thinking about recharging. The Bible says, “God rested from all his work on the seventh day.” Now since God doesn’t sleep and never gets tired, he was clearly setting an example for all of us to follow. So, Never Give Up! Never Give Up!  Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net