At a point when I was overwhelmed with being overwhelmed, my spiritual director asked “What restores you?”
That is not something I had thought about before. I knew I supposed to take a day of rest each week, but never thought about what rests me. My spiritual director asked the question in the midst of admonition that I should know what restores my soul and schedule some restoring activities each week. This needs to be a priority.
So my journal for that afternoon contains a list of things that restore me — and it has helped me spend more time in real sabbath than ever before.
My list leads off with walks in the woods, time with my family, and good food. So I delighted Sunday in a picnic and hike at Silver Falls Park with my wife, son, daughter-in-law and daughter. I came away knowing my batteries were re-charged.