Finding Rest in Life’s Green Pastures

Easter is a special holiday for me and my family. It signals the feelings of possibility, promise, and a sense of productivity in the air. Nothing like the combination of beautiful cherry blossoms, magnolias, or rose bushes and a fun family gathering to serve as a proverbial announcement that spectacular things are set to bloom and come to fruition!

Those who follow my family, especially my husband and I, know that our faith is a central part of who we are. It shapes our perspective as individuals, as a couple nurturing our blended family, and even as entrepreneurs, it guides us constantly. The 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd…” is a famous passage often quoted in our faith community, but there is another line within that passage that, as I get older and experience the gift of a fulfilling life, is one I often find myself meditating on. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters” (Psalm 23:2).

The sentiment of the verse is that sometimes we must be “made” or “coerced” to enjoy the pleasures or benefits of life. We often fantasize about how much we will indulge in life’s treasures when the opportunity presents itself, but I’ve found we often miss the opportunity that is staring us right in the face. I have friends, family, and staff from all walks of life, with varying resources and means. I encourage them all, constantly, to do something great for themselves and their loved ones on a regular basis… just because! From the smallest to the grandest gratification, there is a sense of energy resurgence and renewal when we take time to relish life’s rewards.

Having your favorite meal, splurging on a luxury item, even scheduling an impromptu vacation are all ways to cease from life’s daily grind and honor yourself for all your hard work. It’s only in resting in life’s green pastures that we get a chance to see and celebrate all that we have accomplished. It is also there that we gain the energy and inspiration to get back to work when the rest period is over.