“I’m done,” said my friend last week. “I’m done,” said another the week before. And another the week before that. The line is long. People are coming to the end of their resources, their willingness to go on. “I’m done,” is the word of the day.
and yet, if they’re reaching the same conclusion, chances are they’re experiencing the same problem: living lives that drain them dry, without pausing to replenish often enough or long enough
from money to real estate to technology—people are evaluating what’s important, what’s worth their time and (fast-depleting) energy
they’re discovering: making room for people, pleasures and pauses often means taking out the stuff that leaves us feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated and disconnected
the life of the heart and soul cannot thrive in a climate of constant distraction and ceaseless demands that destroys unity, peace and joy
from the Slow Food Movement to leisurely conversations around the fire pit this summer; to tea ceremonies and bannock baking; knitting-bombing and tandem bike rides; to canoe rentals and flower gardens, there seems to be a trend towards better food, closer relationships, simpler commutes and meaningful retreats
this is good news
the more spiritually-thoughtful an approach to life a society takes, the less stress it seems to experience relationally and emotionally
to build a house upon the rock means the rock needs be bigger than the house—to spend more time pursuing God and love and truth and less time chasing stuff and status and stimuli
When someone says, “I’m done,” they don’t mean they’re done living this great life, doing the things they love to do, or loving the people who reciprocate and respect. They mean they’re done with the stuff that robs them of their vitality—their essence—their worth
we are meant for more, and we know it
those who find their lives, the bible says, are bound to lose them, while those who lose them are gifted to find them—this is a great paradox
LIVE THE PARADOX because Status Quo is Done.