Beginning with Rest

Today is a delightfully rainy day.  The perfect day to lie in bed and rest after a rough night of fighting jet lag and mosquitos.  Thus begins the next chapter of my life.

I have a long to-do list that I am currently working my way through.  It is full of the kind of mundane tasks that tend to intimidate me and that I tend to put off.  Opening and closing bank accounts, buying household items, getting health insurance, designing and printing business cards.  But as I make my way through this list, I am reminded of the importance of rest.

I used to feel guilty for resting, for not being “productive,” but now I realize that good things start from that place of rest.  The place of receiving, observing, pondering, and enjoying.

So I’m letting my body take its time re-adjusting to this time zone.  I’m taking my time getting everything in order.  Today, I’m letting myself enjoy this rainy afternoon knowing that tomorrow I’ll get down to business: join a gym, get my phone fixed, buy a new clothes rack, open a new bank account.  Those things will get done soon (if not tomorrow), so right now I simply listen to the rain and appreciate the beauty of all the blessings in my life.

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Elizabeth is an American living in South Korea who believes in destiny, miracles, and living life intentionally. She holds to simple faith in a complex world, values the beauty of the everyday, and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is always learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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