I have recently come to really appreciate my Rogers On Demand service. We have all but relinquished the process of renting a movie from a local video store because of the inconvenience of having to return the videos and the possibility of paying late fees. But, we have also completely given up on watching any movies via pay per view. Not only do you have to start when they start, but you cannot pause when you want. I would pay the same price for a ppv movie as an ON Demand movie and yet would have to forfeit key parts of the flick just to take a snack or pee break. All because there is no PAUSE option on PPV.
Sometimes my life is too much like pay per view . I need a break to rest, have some quality family time, or enjoy an outlet but feel that it isn’t an option. As if life will go on without me and I may miss something or drop the ball on a responsibility that I have. A part of that is my desire to please and my inclination todemonstrate a firm commitment and hard work ethic – even to my own determent. But, the longer I am around in this life and the greater myresponsibilities are at home, the more I realize that PAUSES are not just needed for my own health and family, but they also add to work productivity. Again, when I head for home I am getting better and better at taking all of me there. I am getting better at not mentally beleaguering an issue yet to be resolved in our youth ministry or even planning the next meeting or event while I should be ‘all in’ during my time with Kayla and Kendrick. This is an ongoing struggle, and not just for people in my line of work. If you love what you do or perhaps even if you don’t, the pressure to do more and get ahead is a real one. But I encourage you to take the On Demand route and learn to plan and follow through on taking the PAUSE in your day, week, month, and year.
I say that to say this…these past few days have been incredible. I feel rested. I have thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas weekend at home. From hearing Kendrick’s first Christmas morning “ooooohhhhh” to taking him for his first wagon ride today, to watching the World Juniors with my Brother and Father in-law, to chilling with Kayla and friends, to watching vintage Survivor episodes with Kayla, to playing Settlers of Catan with Kyle and Robyn, to sharing incredible meals thanks to Kayla and Shirl (my mudds in law), to talking with my family on the phone, and more. I rejoice in the value of and need for PAUSE in my life.
Find your PAUSE. Hit it. Enjoy!