Pruning as Rest {One Word 365}

15. February 2015 Being and Believing 6

eyesopened marvia davidsonWhen I think of rest, my first thought is laying down to recuperate or sleep.  However, there have been times where I thought of rest by way of ceasing to be busy doing all-the-things.  To stop doing and just be requires a deep personal awareness of what pushes and pulls us from rest.  You see I have a thing for making myself busy to the point of achieving not many things.  Don’t get me wrong.  Much of what I like to dive into is good stuff as learning is one of my strengths, but it often gets in the way.  Busyness does not imply success or progress. Too much busyness robs us of the opportunity to pause, to wonder, to exhale, to make space for breath that revives us.

 I’ve been rolling through the events of my life over that last two years.  I see moments of resting, but I also see where I was living full-steam-ahead.  It’s great to go after dreams, learning, creativity, artistic endeavors, writing, and even serving.  In excess, these same things that bring life, purpose, and fulfillment can also destroy resolve, purpose, passion and resilience.  Enter the practice of pruning.

I know it sounds painful.  I mean who really wants to cut out things that bring zest to life, but let’s be real here.  We can’t have it all or go after it all and not expect it to impact the way we live our lives, work our dreams, or become successful.  Constant pursuit can be wearying, and that’s where I found myself as 2014 began to wind down.  I had grown weary from all the doing and reaping very few long-term benefits.  And since I chose rest as my word for 2015, I’ve been thinking differently about what that means.  For me, I am reminded again: it’s pruning time.

As much as I dislike the feeling of pruning, I know it’s for my good.  Pruning gives me an opportunity to cut away dead things, all the stuff I thought would add life.  Pruning gives me a chance to hack away at any thing, activity, or idea that has overgrown its reach.  Ugghh, but I thought the super growth was good for me?!  Turns out it’s not.  All that overgrowth has crowded out tiny dreams and simple ways of being that mattered.  They were just beginning to grow, but were stunted.  They couldn’t see the sun of hope because an overgrowth of all-the-things overshadowed them.

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I don’t want those dreams to die.  I want to nurture them, and that means taking a machete to the roots of overgrowth.  Sometimes, I think we have to be ruthless with the things that look innocent but steal life from the more important things. So, I am taking a step back.  I’m looking, as a scientist would, under the microscope of my life.  Rest demands I take a second look, reassess, redefine, and restore.

I think we have to be ruthless with the things that look innocent but steal life from the more important things. Click To Tweet

What does not need to stay, I must cut away.  What needs to be nurtured and gently cared for, I will tend to meticulously – not in some overbearing, make-it-right-and-good-right-now kind of way.  The nurturing I’m looking to do simply means resting in those tiny dreams and simple ways of being no matter how insignificant they seem to onlookers.  It means allowing them to blossom again.  It means letting them take deeper root.  It means opening up like flowers unfolding.  I can’t unfold if the bud (who I am and all my life) is bruised from the clamoring insistence of all-the-things.  I have the power and responsibility of putting a stop to that nonsense.  Throughout this year of resting, that is what I aim to do – live in the fullness of being whole and overcoming all-the-things that keep pressing into life.

 Are you pruning too?   I’d love to hear your stories and how you’re living out your word for the year.


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6 thoughts on “Pruning as Rest {One Word 365}”

  • 1
    Gayl on February 15, 2015 Reply

    Marvia, how cool is it that I linked up after you on #GiveMeGrace!? I was glad to read your post. I know there are areas where I need to prune. I have learned so many new things this past year and my head is full of so many ideas, but I can’t do them all at once. I need wisdom to know what to let rest a bit and what to cultivate and help to blossom and grow. Thank you for your authenticity and encouragement as you continue to see what your word “rest” will bring for you. Love you! xoxo

    • 2
      Marvia on February 23, 2015 Reply

      Rest and wisdom Gayl. I need both of those two. It’s so good that there are fruitful ideas, yet we can pace ourselves. Thanks for reading!

  • 3
    Lisha Epperson on February 15, 2015 Reply

    Oh my friend…the blessing of a holy exhale. My mind is crowded tonight with all the things and your words silenced them all. Praise God. Grateful for your wisdom Marvia. Yes indeed.

    • 4
      Marvia on February 23, 2015 Reply

      Thank you for reading. Deep breaths and holy whispers are what I need more of too. Grace and peace to you friend.

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    Nina on February 22, 2015 Reply

    Dear Marvia,
    That is wonderfully thought and written, to combine the idea of pruning to rest … I have same kind of thoughts behind my word for 2015 “Simplify” – to cut the unnecessary away,in order to bring peace and to go deep with the things that matter.
    Blessings to your Sunday,

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      Marvia on March 8, 2015 Reply

      Thank you for taking time to read. Here’s to more beautiful rest. 😉

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