Recreation : The Art of Rest and Rejuvenation

I don’t know about you, but I can almost taste it – the weekend is almost here.

Casual office talk on Friday tends to lend itself to questions such as, “What are your plans this weekend?” Given the depth of that relationship, the answer is typically as simple as answering, “How’s the weather?” In response, we mention our need to run to the grocery store, how family will be in town to visit, or a desire to get up to the mountains for a few hours. With the same haste to rush from Monday morning to Friday evening, I believe we fail to slow down enough to savor every minute of our weekend.

My dear friends Heather and Tom are partners in adventure: a couple who has learned the art of taking advantage of the weekend hours. Whether they are wandering a path through the Colorado woods, or carving lines in the snow, they find that they are able to truly re-create in our big backyard!


Recreation is, at its core, renewing who we truly are through activities of rest and rejuvenation! We are uniquely created to be creative, to learn, to be active, and to enjoy Creation. For each person, this may look different. The renewal process for someone who finds peace in planning might look like an hour of time carved out to analyze a personal budget. For someone who is itching to get to their next workout, a training run that leaves them pushing their limits leaves them feeling accomplished. Ask a book worm to spend an hour in their current novel and you will get very little push-back.

The value that we place on such activities should be reflected in the free time we have. It has been said that you can tell a lot about a person by reviewing their bank statements and calendar. By stewarding our time, energy, and resources, we are better prepared to be the best version of ourselves. As we head into another weekend, I challenge you to identify 2-3 things that allow you to re-create. Carve out time to make sure you are able to do just that. As a result, you will return on Monday morning, ready to ROCK your work week!

Happy trails to you!


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