Pacing Ourselves

Vince-LombardiVince Lombardi, who coached the Green Bay Packers to unprecedented success during the 1960s,  famously said, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” That’s certainly true, and in ways he may not have imagined. How many of us are afraid to admit that we are tired and run down?  I confronted this myself just last week, when after three straight nights of receiving wonderful spiritual teachings I found my body run down and cold starting to develop. There was another teaching scheduled the next afternoon (Saturday) that I really wanted to attend, but I also knew that I had to speak at Compassionate Heart on Sunday. It took a lot of energy to fight my training to just keep going no matter how I feel to decide to forego Saturday’s event, but I did it. Do you find yourself trying to push through when you are exhausted? Have you noticed that with each passing year that works out less well for you? I believe the people of biblical times recognized our human limitations when they established the practice of Sabbath, or a day’s rest every week. Not many of us block that time out any more, and the only one who suffers for it is us!

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