As refreshing as rest sounds, it can feel risky.
It’s why so many workers with paid vacation, never take it.
It’s why so many religious people (who supposedly observe a Sabbath) burn out from all the church activities, socials and busyness.
It’s why so many writers and artists get stuck in ruts. Readers too.
We pervert rest when we associate it with laziness.
What’s really lurking underneath—when we deny the gift of rest—is fear.
What if others realize I’m not needed?
What if something happens while I’m away?
Here’s my two cents.
I don’t want to be needed. I’d rather be wanted.
Plus, if you've ever lost a job or relationship, you know things go on with or without us.
A couple of times a year (at least), I like to take a break from what I call “workshed writing”. That’s when I’m hunkered over a laptop, furiously typing away four to six hours every morning and night.
During these periods, I try to create space in my life to read, reflect, sketch, experiment, compose music and try new things.
Said another way, I like to wander and wonder.
Ideas hide in silence. Stories hide in rest.
I’m a writer. I’m a poet.
My job is to collect, craft and share ideas and stories that open your heart and blow your mind.
So, with that, I'm going on a short sabbatical from blogging.
I won’t be publishing new essays or creative exercises on Keitharsis until Tuesday, April 3rd.
Then, we can pick back up and continue exploring the crossroads of our everyday, creative and spiritual lives.
If you're interested, I'll be reading The Lost Daughters of China by Karin Evans and The Triggering Town by Richard Hugo. And I plan to watch Inni by Sigur Ros and U2: From the Sky Down. I will also be studying disjunction among tulip poplar trees.
If you have questions or want to "chat" in the meantime, hit me up on my Facebook page and I'll respond as soon as I can.
Your readership means more than words can express! Thank you for your ongoing interest, encouragement and support.
See you in April!
Oh yeah. One more thing.
Joe Bunting, a creative writer and blogger I've had the great fortune of getting to know, has a fantastic blog for writers. I've written a guest post for Joe's blog.
Click here to read it. It will be on the theme of collecting and connecting. Hope to see you over there later today!
Keitharsis is a blog about the creative life. I took that photo above on a sabbatical that went very wrong this past November. I'll share that story another day.