It’s been a blur of a year. I started out teaching classes during the Spring semester almost everyday. I also met my dream girl the beginning of the year. As the semester ended, the triathlon season started and I was averaging 2 races a month. Throw in some weddings and a couple other road trips, and it was a very time consuming summer. Oh, I forgot to mention I also started my own teaching company.…AHH!!!
I just finished my last race which happened to be the Nationals 2 weeks ago, and the dust has finally settled. I was just staring at my calendar and it is completely empty. After 8 months of business, I honestly feel uncomfortable with all this free time. I don’t want to fill it with another regiment of projects. So, the question is raised, how do I make the most of this season of rest?
Well, busy lives equate to distraction. Distraction from God, other relationships, good habits, etc. A focus on spiritual things should always be the foremost thing. Digging in a little deeper with the church, amping up daily devotional time, and seeking discipleship opportunities. Second is strengthening relationships with a core group of friends (including your significant other if applicable) which statistics say we can’t maintain more than 6 close friendships. Third would be taking up some general good habits like reading, writing, intentional solitude/mediation, and so forth.
So, if you find yourself in one of these rare seasons as well. Resist the urge to fill the void. Embrace the emptiness, attempt to prolong it as long as possible, and use the time to focus on the fundamentals of your life.