“Burning the Candle”

Hi Everyone,

I have been burning the candle at both ends it seems for a long time now.  Therefore I’ve made a decision to let go of a part-time job that I love.  I believe this choice will help me to more easily keep all of the balls of my life in the air since my work with Young Living needs my fullest attention, as does of course my Hank. I have a bitter-sweet feeling but I know this choice is a healthy one for me right now.

That said I am taking this week off from writing my blog but am reposting one that I wrote a few months ago called “Rest Assured.” Since I need the reminder right now I thought I’d take a chance that maybe some of you do as well.  

Wishing you peace and relaxation!

Maureen

“Rest Assured”

I am at my best, without a doubt, when I am rested.  My body feels better, I think more clearly and positively, and I feel more easily and deeply connected spiritually.   I am a better decision maker, a better listener, a better pretty much everything.

I can be pretty good at my life when I am tired.  I can  make a great appearance of being all of the things I want to be, but if I push too hard and go too long I find myself in trouble.  Even if nothing actually goes wrong on the outside of my life, the inside of me suffers.

My son Hank is a great example of how wonderful rest can be.  Can that boy ever sleep.  And when he is done with a good night of sleeping or a ten minute power nap,  he wakes up on fire and ready to rock and roll. As I often say of this young man, “I should take a page out of his book!”

My sister Terry is another one who is good at getting sleep.  Terry is adamant about rest and she has been a great ‘sleep mentor’ for me. She is a wonderful example and teacher regarding the importance of taking care of myself in this area and I thank her for that.

There are times when I am instinctively very careful about sleep, when I am acting for example.  I know that in order to be at my sharpest and attain my highest potential I must get proper sleep.  The great thing now is that I am finally learning the importance of rest in all areas of my life. These days I know that if I allow myself to stop and recharge, if only for five minutes, I am much more productive.  I am also healthier, happier, and a lot more fun to be around!

I would also like to say that some of the essential oils from Young Living  have been a God send for me in this area.  Being someone who can be a world class worrier, getting to sleep used to be very hard for me. Incorporating oils such as Lavender, RutaVala or Peace and Calming have been a huge help for me, and for many others that I know.

So I encourage you to stop and rest throughout your day whenever you can, and to turn off your computer or television and just allow yourself to be.  If you are a prayer and meditator like me, give yourself time for that. If rest comes to you in other ways, give yourself the space for whatever that is and bless yourself with the gift of silence and peace.  In this busy, multi-tasking and demanding world, I believe that we owe this to ourselves and to each other.

 

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Amy Lapp May 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Thank you Maureen for this great reminder. As women, as moms, as business owners, we think (mistakenly) we must keep going every minute…when if we just slowed down, rested, we would accomplish all we need and then some!! You are awesome, an inspiration always. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!

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Maureen Quigley May 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thank you Amy!

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Rod May 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Well said Maureen, you really are an inspiration in many ways.

Rod

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Maureen Quigley May 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Thank you Rod. 🙂

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Terry Quigley May 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

So glad you are seeking and finding that elusive balance we all seek. That is where peace and contentment lie…at least I have found that to be true for me, dear sister/friend.

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Maureen Quigley May 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Thanks Mar…:) Amazingly I have felt very peaceful and content overall even in the busyness…that in and of itself amazes me! But I want to have time to focus on priorities. And as we know, we can’t do it all! It definitely is bitter-sweet thing. 🙂

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