Action and Rest

We would like to think that we get to choose times of action and times of rest. The truth is, most of us don’t.
When things are busy, it is usually due to external forces and commitments. That report we promised our boss. The deadline for the project. The kids needing a bath. During these times, we often long for quiet and rest.
When things are slow and quiet, once again usually due to no choice of our own, we often find ourselves searching for things to fill the time. A book to read. A place to go. Someone to talk to. Something, anything, to do. Anything to keep ourselves busy.
Lately, I have been trying to be more mindful of this natural ebb and flow of life over which I have little control. I have been trying to focus on enjoying both modes for what they are as opposed to longing for the other. Letting my rest prepare me for action and my action contain the promise of rest.