September Blog – 2021
“Work for the Night is Coming”
(I can still hear my mother sing this song, and we children sang right along!)
I have no idea if you are familiar with this song, but it has stuck in my mind for seventy years. If you never heard this song, you can go to YouTube and hear the music, but please notice the words. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mko0GYtfqCE. I have no complaints about being taught to work hard. It helped me in every job I had, giving 100%+. However, if you noticed in this song, only one time the word “rest” is mentioned. You might think, is that a problem?
What I learned as I got older, it was very hard for me to “rest” or “chill,” as they say, because I felt I had to keep going all day many times without a break. If I had a break and I started reading for fun, I felt guilty. Yes, I know this sounds silly. But when you learn how important it is to work for the night is coming, stick to your job, and not complain, well, I took it to heart.
I read a great quote which reads, “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock, The Use of Life.
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” ― John Lubbock.
John Lubbock’s quotes are refreshing to read. I found for myself, having a balance in life makes life more enjoyable. I still enjoy working, and I enjoy resting, reading, or spending time in nature. Nope, I do not feel guilty. Summer is almost over, September has arrived, and I hope you enjoy the days ahead while you work and rest! 😉