A To-do List is Never Done
Rest plays an important part in all of our lives, no matter your industry or profession. It’s through rest that complicated problems seem more clear, our minds feel more free to be creative, and we can be more effective leaders and community members. Rest isn’t something that naturally happens in our over-packed schedules and endless to-do lists. It’s something that must be intentionally planned and prioritized. One of my favorite quotes about rest comes from Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, author of “Women Who Run with the Wolves”:
“I’ve seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write… and you know it’s a funny thing about housecleaning… it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman. A woman must be careful to not allow over-responsibility (or over-respectabilty) to steal her necessary creative rests, riffs, and raptures. She simply must put her foot down and say no to half of what she believes she should be doing. Art is not meant to be created in stolen moments only.”
While in the quote she specifically focuses on women doing household chores, the intention behind what she’s saying can be applied to anyone. It’s unfortunately too easy for most of us to put our to-do lists ahead of rest. Especially when we’re led to believe that success comes to those who just keep hustling. So let this serve as a reminder that your to-do list will never be done – and honestly some of it likely doesn’t HAVE to be done anytime soon.
So my challenge to you is to ask yourself, “what type of rest could I use most right now?” and make sure that is the next thing you check off your unending to-do list.
The Found Project will be featured in a gallery show during the Let Her Speak Women’s Summit on March 29th & 30th, 2023 at The Lighthouse Knoxville. It will be accompanied by mini-epsiodes of each featured woman on the She Speaks Podcast. Following the gallery show, all photos and podcast episodes will be shared on AshleyGurley.com and LetHerSpeakUSA.org for anyone to view virtually.