Personal Essay | Do you have an “on” & “off” switch for life?

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In those moments exhaustion invites you in for a cup of chamomile tea, to lounge on her tufted chaise, and skim Vogue or Darling magazine, I instantly want an “off” switch for life. Sit me by a roaring fire and milk my wounds from the day, release me from any and all responsibility. The most severe of these slips of time need and should be tended to, but oftentimes I disguise normal “rough days” as times when I want an “off” switch for life. I use them as excuses to become neglectful of the present and veg on inattentive entertainment.

Lately, this has been evidenced in my bedtime routine. Or lack of one, rather. After the little retires to her snoozes, it’s like I shut off and my single desire is to be distracted in some engrossment of leisure. I scroll mindlessly and snack on 70% dark chocolate until I’m too weary to keep my lids open. I snuggle under the billowy duvet cover and amble off in slumber. I find, though, that this method of un-winding from the day is in-sufficient in providing good rest. I’m not advocating a rigid schedule of discipline at night or a to-do list by any means. Nor do I think Netflix and Feedly are the enemies. I just think it would be good for me to reflect on the day, pray for grace and thank God for His plan at work in my life – perhaps while enjoying a glass of merlot with that Lindt bar. Maybe some yoga. Maybe graze a little on Mere Christianity or Genesis. Maybe read those articles I’ve put aside to read from the New Yorker & Kinfolk. Maybe some conversation with my boo.

Rest grants itself to those who invite God’s presence in. Not only do I need to remember that, I need to be fueled by it.

Here’s to better bedtime routines!

p.s. I talk about mindfulness in minimalism & hedonism here.


One thought on “Personal Essay | Do you have an “on” & “off” switch for life?

  1. Good thoughts! I can certaint relate! In fact on the subject I just read a great excerpt from Piper!
    “The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable.
    Jesus said some people hear the word of God, and a desire for God is awakened in their hearts. But then, “as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life” (Luke 8:14). In another place he said, “The desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful”(Mark 4:19). “The pleasures of this life” and “the desires for other things”—these are not evil in themselves. These are not vices. These are gifts of God. They are your basic meat and potatoes and coffee and gardening and reading and decorating and traveling and investing and TV-watching and Internet-surfing and shopping and exercising and collecting and talking. And all of them can become deadly substitutes for God.”


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