I embrace the paradox of resting in the midst of overwhelming tasks.
It's that time of year--report cards, holiday parties, and conferences. In a blink it will be Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas, and when we jump back into school we are at the midyear point. That's just at school, and it doesn't take into account family, personal lives, and other interests and responsibilities. It's easy to get overwhelmed.
I do find it such a paradox to embrace rest when the work seems overwhelming. I'm not talking about procrastinating with a guilty feeling in the pit of my stomach. I mean really resting--whatever that means for you--naps, walks in the woods, making art, meeting with friends. Interestingly, when I actually do this, time seems to expand on the other side, and I'm able to get so much more done quickly and clearly because of the rest.