Have you ever taken time to consider what feeds your soul? The people, places, and activities that make you flourish? We all have a list of them. Now do you intentionally weave those things into your life?
For me there are different time frames for how to engage the things and people that nurture and feed me. First, there are things that I do daily - reading a devotional, exercising, reading for work, and reading fiction. While I attempt to do these every day, sometimes they can't happen, and that's okay. I don't beat myself up about it. I simply acknowledge that each day is different and try again tomorrow.
Then there are the things I schedule quarterly. Trips to visit friends and be in places that make me feel alive. Places like NYC - where I like to visit my favorite sandwich shop, walk around, and catch a show. People like my best friends and their families, who have seamlessly become part of my family.
Lastly, there are the yearly things - continuing education events and travel to places like the beach that are deeply important to me.
The key here is being intentional about engaging what feeds you and not being apologetic about it. We tend to overwork as clergy and make excuses as to why we can't take our time off. But the truth is we need that time in order to be whole people. In order to be the best at our vocations and living into our call that we can possibly be. So what feeds you and how are you weaving it into your routine and schedule?
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