Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
When we are forced into our homes for the long winter, it will be easy to fall into ruts. Yet, there are ways to rise above the fatigue and experience meaning, and perhaps even a little happiness. For those of you who work from home, be sure to separate work time and space, from relaxation time and space. When I worked from the church, I had regular interruptions with staff questions. Working at home, we are not blessed with those interruptions, but we still need the breaks. Take a short walk. I often just stand out on the deck and just breathe in fresh air. A break is not idleness or weakness, but a time to fill up our emotional and spiritual engine.
Working from home is also showing me how often I was directed away from my goals for the day. Working from home gives my ministry the autonomy necessary to focus on what is important without being constantly sidetracked. I have witnessed it with the staff as well. Freed from the distractions, I have watched the staff become more creative, because they have the time and space to think, to ponder more deeply. Even the solitude can be a gift if recognized.
Another challenge with so much alone time is spending too much time in our own head. The nice part of having colleagues in the same office is that we can informally talk, joke, and bounce ideas off one another. When we lose the benefit of informal banter, worry starts to form in the spaces within our head. We need others to bring balance back into our lives.
This balance between the gift of solitude and the gift of collegiality is what brings spiritual wholeness. Today, prayerfully listen to your emotional and spiritual needs. In the same way you eat food when you are physically hungry, listen to the emotional and spiritual hungers as well. The more honest you become with your inner self, the less fatigue you will endure and the more meaning and happiness you will experience.