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The NEW 3 Rs: Resting, Relaxing & Recharging

Monday, May 31, 2010

Inwood Hill Park (New York City, NY)

A view from Inwood Hill Park near my apartment in NYC.

Remember hearing about the 3 Rs when you were in school: Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic?

And then we learned about a newer version of 3 Rs that we needed to pay attention to: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Well, lately I’ve been learning about 3 MORE Rs that we need to pay attention to: Resting, Relaxing and Recharging.

It seems there are so many opportunities to do really cool stuff! I mean I could be studying music. I could be studying the Hawaiian language. I could be working on my ‘ukulele strumming drills. I could be learning a new song to share. I could be …

Additionally, there are so many things we NEED to be doing. I need to playing for hula classes. I need to attend meetings that I’ve scheduled. I need to run errands which take me all over the city. I need to ….

But what about taking a moment to BREATHE? What’s wrong with taking a moment to chill out?

Not only is it fun, it’s essential to our survival.

Think about the airline safety announcement that you hear before takeoff. Remember the part where they tell you that you should put your OWN oxygen mask on before attempting to help those around you? Sounds kind of selfish, right? But think about it: How can you help anyone if you are unconscious? You need to make sure you are ok–and THEN you can help those around you.

Pops is always reminding me that there are hours of the day that are supposed to be used for work. And there are also hours of the day that are dedicated to rest.

For someone who works the land like he does, he knows he NEEDS to pay attention to natural cycles. Not only the seasonal planting cycles, but also the cycle of work and rest. He won’t plant the same loʻi every year. He knows that he needs to let the Earth rest, too. A chance for it to recharge.

Are we any different?

This weekend I’ve been trying to remember to REST. Trying to remember to RELAX. And hopefully I’ll RECHARGE. I’ve gone for walks in the park. I’ve cooked dinner at home instead of eating on the run. I’ve been trying to be judicious with my time spent “online”–and trying to unplug more often. I’ve attempted to retire at a “decent hour” in the evening–avoiding the late night “creative bursts” which leave me blurry-eyed and listless in the morning.

It’s easy to forget about making time to relax. We all need it.

It’s not selfish. It’s actually selfless.

When we’re well rested and recharged, we can do our best work!

I’d love to hear how you REST, RELAX & RECHARGE.

7 Responses to “The NEW 3 Rs: Resting, Relaxing & Recharging”

  1. Janine Ullyette says:

    Mahalo for this reminder. I really needed it. Not that I had forgotten about taking care of myself, but this was a reminder that it’s okay to take time for me. That’s kind of what I’ve been doing today. I slept in until 1PM, sleep desperately needed. I look forward to hula tonight. See you there???

  2. rahree says:

    amen, my friend! i’m starting into my busiest time at work (my life is not my own until mid-September), and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. I participated in a exercise/lifestyle challenge this spring, and there were 2 challenges that I’m taking forward with me into the summer (besides making time to exercise – as a desk jockey, it’s essential!); i make the bed every morning, so that i feel organized (even if i’m miles from it!), and once a week I take a long, relaxing bath.

    thanks for this – love your writing, friend!

  3. June Kaililani Tanoue says:

    Just got up from my nap this afternoon – a nice 2 hours! That was a good 3 Rs!!! Ahh, just what I needed!

  4. cp says:

    excellent blog and very selfless teaching. Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Teri Hawkins says:

    Thanks for the reminder Jason. The last 3 weeks of the school year I tend to forget to follow these 3 R’s as I think I will have time when summer comes. But, I need to remember that I need to get to summer and take some time to rest and relax and recharge. Thankfully I have Hawaiian music in my life and a little piece of music at school each day with the ‘ukulele class.

    Now the big R, Remember the 3 R’s.

    Thanks Jason.

  6. dos arogias says:

    Thanks friend. This has been nice reading

  7. Thx for this constructive information. Keep up the good work. I’ll be returning often.