What times we continue to live through. We are in the churn of change. Systems and practices we’ve relied on are breaking down and what is needed is still being imagined, not yet here.
When we are worn down and worn out, sometimes we still push ourselves knowing the urgency and importance of the challenges ahead. But to bring forth the creativity, energy and compassion needed to nurture change, we need to take care of ourselves.
Rest is crucial for the quality and sustainability of our bodies, spirits and our leadership. It is the seedbed of imagination, generosity, and inspiration. In this busy season, give yourself permission to tend to the care of your body and spirit.
There remains much work ahead. I have faith we will find ourselves renewed by taking time for play, for naps, for gardening, for stargazing, for what brings us joy and peace. This time will remind us of our wholeness as human beings and our resilience of spirit.
Thank you for all that you give to Unitarian Universalism. May you be showered in blessings and held in the arms of joy and peace.
Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray
I will boldly protect my softness,
defend my sleep, and liberate
all of my unassigned minutes,
hours, and days.
I am one soft animal among many:
a cell in the breathing world’s body.
Let us be cared for as such.
May it be so.
— from “Spell for Rest and Renewal,” by Atena O. Danner