I love moving sidewalks. Whenever I’m trucking through an airport trying to get from A13 to B47 as quickly as possible, I always take the moving sidewalk when possible. I love the feel of the wind at my face and that sense of superior speed and time management I feel as I blow past others walking on the stationary ground. I normally walk quickly, and I always walk on the moving sidewalk (stand right when I’m coming, OK?), so I can really make some tracks.
But, like all good things, the moving sidewalk eventually ends. Dismounting the moving sidewalk requires skill and balance, lest you face plant into the now stationary terra firma. Christmas week (or the few weeks leading up to Christmas, depending on your church) is a lot like walking quickly on a moving sidewalk; especially for church techs. We move pretty quickly all the time, but come Christmastime (and Easter, for that matter), we really get up a head of steam.
Then, just like the end of the moving sidewalk, it all comes to a halt. Today is Monday, the day after Christmas, and I suspect most of you feel a bit like me—face planted into the no-longer-moving ground. As an experienced church tech, I’ve lived through this before; and I’d like to share some survival tips for you.
First, however, I want to give you permission to feel tired, used up and generally spent. I also want you to feel free to not do anything productive for a few days. I know that goes against your very nature, and you’ve been running so hard over the last few weeks that doing nothing, yes, nothing, feels entirely wrong today. It’s OK. Sit down, relax, and don’t try to do anything. It’s harder than it sounds, but completely necessary.
To help with this, I want to give you a list of things I enjoy doing (well, technically while not doing anything) the week after a big push at church. You don’t have to do (or not do) all of these things, but consider this a starter list to give you some ideas. Here goes: The Top Ten Things To Do (or Not Do) During Christmas Break.
1. Sit on the couch and watch TV.
This is one of my favorites. I’ve been watching Flying Wild Alaska on Netflix. It’s fantastic.
2. Lounge around and listen to music.
Yesterday I spent a few hours laying down listening to Norah Jones. So peaceful.
3. Take a nap.
Sure, it’s only 9:30. AM. But take a nap anyway.
4. Go see a movie.
We always get movie tickets for Christmas. It’s nice to actually go every once in a while.
5. Take your wife out to dinner.
You don’t want to cook, and she could use the break. And you probably haven’t seen each other in two weeks anyway. It doesn’t have to be fancy…
6. Go to the beach.
OK, if you’re in the midwest, this can be tough. But there’s something about the action of the waves that’s very calming.
7. Take a nap.
It doesn’t matter that you just woke up from your 9:30 nap. Take another.
8. Have lunch with friends.
There is something restorative about sharing a meal with friends. I’m going to lunch with some fellow TDs later this week. It will be wonderful.
9. Go shooting.
Almost every year between Christmas and New Year’s I head to the range with the pistols. It’s both exhilarating and relaxing.
10. Take a nap.
Hey, we’re tired. Get some rest.
Consider this post official permission to not do much of anything productive this week. Rest up, get recharged and you’ll be in better shape to thrive in the New Year.
What do you do to relax this week?