Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! I hate laziness with passion, but I know when to call it a day and rest. The moment you discover that little things provoke you, and you’re under intense pressure, kindly apply brakes or you will visit the cemetery soon. I discovered that taking a ten minute nap can calm you down whenever you’re tensed up. Am not trying to say you should be lazy, but you must understand that your body needs rest. Whenever physicians place people on bedrest it means they urgently need rest.
This story will throw more light on this discussion. “An aggressive, go-getter type of businessman excitedly told a doctor what an enormous amount of work he had to do and that he had to get it done the right way as fast as possible. “I take my briefcase home every night and it’s packed with work,” he said. “Why do you take work home with you at night?” the doctor asked quietly. “I have to get it done,” he fumed. “Can’t someone else do it, or help you with it?” asked the doctor. “No,” the man snapped. “I am the only one who can do it. It must be done right, and I alone can do it as it must be done, and it has to be done quickly. Everything depends upon me.”
“If I write you a prescription, will you follow it?” asked the doctor. This, believe it or not, was the prescription. His patient was to take off two hours every working day and go for a long walk. Then he was to take off a half day a week and spend that half day in a CEMETERY. In astonishment the patient demanded, “Why should I spend a half day in a cemetery?” “Because,” answered the doctor, “I want you to wander around and look at the gravestones of men who are there permanently.
I want you to meditate on the fact that many of them are there because they thought even as you do, that the whole world rested on their shoulders. Meditate on the solemn fact that when you get there permanently the world will go on just the same and, as important as you are, others will be able to do the work you are now doing. I suggest that you sit on one of those tombstones and repeat this statement, ‘a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.'”
The patient got the idea. He slowed his pace. He learned to delegate authority. He achieved a proper sense of his own importance. He stopped fuming and fretting. He got peaceful. And, it might be added, he does better work. He is developing a more competent organization and he admits that his business is in better condition.”~ Norman Vincent Peale.
Life is like a marathon not a one hundred metre race. Why should you overburden yourself by trying to finish one week assignment in one day? It’s good to accomplish your tasks as fast as possible, but in doing that, you must remember that you’re not a machine. Even machines break down sometimes. The hospital beds are occupied by people who overstretched their body and it packed up like car engine.
You must learn to rest at the appropriate time because even God who created you rested on the seventh day. There is always a temptation to take some work home, please resist it. Do the best you can do within the working hour, pack your things are say to your office; “As you can see, I tried my best today but there is no way I can finish every assignment you gave me today. Am stopping right here, see you tomorrow!”
I used to feel guilty some years back if I couldn’t finish the day’s assignment. But I usually call myself by name, and say, “Young man, you have done your best for today. GO HOME,” Work as hard as you can, but give yourself a break. If you want your car to keep serving you, it must be serviced periodically. If you want your body to serve you better, kindly service it through quality rest. Sometimes pushing yourself can feel smart and productive until you’re exhausted and overwhelmed! To be continued. Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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