It's the end of day 6 and today was the first day I felt an overwhelming need to bake something. I feel like baking almost every day, but after 5 o'clock today I hadn't made any plans. I don't do well when I don't have plans. I am one of the worst people at resting that I know. I stay up later than I should, I can't sit still for long periods of time (I don't remember the last time I watched an entire movie without doing something else), I run errands constantly, and I bake after I get home from work.
In a recent talk with my pastor/friend, after asking if I rested well (to which I laughed), he shared some sage advice: If you work with your hands, you need to rest with your mind, and if you work with your mind, you need to rest with your hands. My daily activities and iron-man-sized hand muscles tell me that I'm the former, meaning that I should be resting with my mind more. This is something I attempt about 10 minutes before bed and maybe for a few hours one night a month. This bake break should be my perfect opportunity to take more time for resting with my mind. But I had plans throughout the first half of the week and when I had free time today . . . I totally blew it by running errands.
So, over the next four days, I plan to be more disciplined--to make less time for distractions and more time for quiet time, journaling, reading the ginormous stack of books through which I'm about 1/4 of the way through, and watching at least one movie in its entirety without doing anything productive. And at the end of it, I hope to lose the nervous-shaky-restless-thing that my leg does when I'm forced to sit and do nothing. Wish me luck.