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During lockdown of Covid restrictions, people have been furloughed, at a loose end, not knowing how to fill their time, while others have been busy, reinventing the way they work. Many are between these two extremes. It’s not easy, at the best of times, to balance work and life.
Am I content with my way of life? What do I spend time and energy doing – is there pressure to focus on one area of my life when I’d rather put that focus elsewhere?
We have a Covid-given opportunity to wonder about achieving a more fulfilled and happier life.
One way to help achieve this is to regularly step back and take a good look at what we do with our time. Stepping back, an hour, a day or longer, gives time to relax, reassess priorities, recreate and rebalance life, leaving behind busyness or emptiness to remember why we do what we do.
Work should underpin a fulfilling and happy life, for ourselves, our loved ones, without taking away those opportunities for others. We realise there is more to life than the hamster-wheel of continuity.
People of faith regularly take a day of reorder and recreate the balance of their lives, to find hope through God. Jesus said: ‘Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.’ (Matt 11:22).
During your Sabbath, may you reconnect with yourself, your family, others and, of course, God.
Rev Fiona Ogg, Church of Scotland, Acharacle.