I’m tired …

Lord, I am tired-bone tired. I am in need of a vacation. I need to get away and leave everything behind. I have worked too hard for too long without a break. I need a little fun. Isn’t this funny to hear a retired person say they need a break. I never thought I’d run out of things to do in retirement; but I never thought I’d work myself into a frazzle! My hands are stiff from weeding. I love weeding. That makes me sound crazy, but I do. It’s great therapy for me. But I am tired. I needed a nap today, but did I take one? No! I pushed on.

A little research and I may be on the road again. No! I said the next trip we would just hop in the car and take off points unknown. Whatever happens, the next few days I am on vacation, even if I have to take this vacation at home. I could read, sit outside and watch my bird children all day if I wanted; go to a movie; nap; go to the humane society and cuddle the puppies; as soon as I pick up one squirming ball of fur, the rest set up sassy, brassy, yips, and yaps, trying almost annoyingly to get my attention away from the puppy licking my chin, to pick them up to sooth their agitated state; I do, and soon I’ve cuddled half a dozen; I could do anything or nothing at all on this vacation of mine … whatever ‘pups’ into my head.

Rest, relaxation, re-creation, and release from self-imposed projects is in order for me for the next few days. This will be hard; at home I can find a million things to keep me busy, and if I can’t find them, I come up with a new project to start. 

So … Dear Lord, I am taking off the yoke and putting up the plow. I want to slow down and take in all Your handiwork has to surprise, delight, and inspire me. You are such a Magnificent Creator. I need time out to observe, appreciate, and marvel at all You’ve offered us … free for the taking! Thank You so much, Dear Lord, for rest; You showed us in the beginning that rest was important to You as well!

Happy Sabbath, I’ll worship Your Creation, Lord, and abstain from work!



Some keep the Sabbath going to Church,
I keep it staying at Home –
With a bobolink for a Chorister,
And an Orchard, for a Dome.
~Emily Dickinson, c.1862



Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. ~Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne


The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. ~Abe Lemons


A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. ~Earl Wilson


A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in. ~Robert Orben


Vacation used to be a luxury, but in today’s world it has become a necessity. ~Author Unknown


Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. ~John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894


There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~Ben Williams



You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us. ~Robert Louis Stevenson



To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace. ~Milan Kundera



Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Khalil Gibran



God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther


This a beautiful hymn I haven’t thought of in a long time.


All Creatures of Our God and King
Author: St. Francis of Assisi  1225


All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voice and with us sing:,
alleluia, alleluia!
O burning sun with golden beam,
and shining moon with silver gleam,
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

O rushing wind so wild and strong,
white clouds that sail in heaven along,
alleluia, alleluia!
New rising dawn in praise rejoice;
you lights of evening find a voice:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Cool flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for your Lord to hear:
alleluia, alleluia!
Fierce fire, so masterful and bright,
providing us with warmth and light.
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Earth ever fertile, day by day
bring forth your blessings on our way;
alleluia, alleluia!
All flowers and fruits that you grow,
let them his glory also show;
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

All you who are of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part;
alleluia, alleluia!
All you who pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care;
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
alleluia, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!












very confident and aggressive in a loud and sometimes annoying way. : having a loud and often harsh sound. : resembling or suggesting brass

6 thoughts on “I’m tired …”

  1. I wasn’t sure what Shabbat Shalom meant so I looked it up. I found out it means you’re wishing someone peace on the Sabboth. I also didn’t know it is a common greeting on Friday evening. You wished me peace on the Sabboth on Friday. Thank you so much … for the wish of peace … and for helping me expand my world !!

  2. Jan, the is a wonderfully written post, it reminded of something I had written a few years ago. I awoke today with nothing to do and with patience I got it all done. Nothing is wonderful, enjoy it.

  3. Sounds like a good idea ! As soon as I get the burden of a massive volunteer effort and some health issues off my plate , I may join you !

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