Recharging and refueling PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 May 2017 13:59




GIVEN our human condition, this is what we need. If our gadgets need to be recharged regularly for them to continue serving us, if our cars need to be refueled also so that they can continue to operate, we also need to be regularly and even frequently recharged and refueled so that we can go on with our life with dignity and productivity. And ultimately, so that we can reach our definitive goal.

And we have to understand this as the need to be recharged and refueled in all the aspects of our life—physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, etc. We should have a wholistic approach to this, and not limit ourselves to some aspects only.

We cannot deny the fact that even if we are idle we somehow drain ourselves of our energy and other resources. William Cowper once said: “Absence of occupation is not rest; a mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.”

If that is so, how much more it would be if we lead a very active life as we should try to do. We should see to it that we develop a kind of system or plan for this need of ours to be met properly. We have to be wary of our tendency to overwork ourselves or to fall into addicting activism.

We, for example, have to respect the hours of sleep and rest for us, the proper diet, the physical exercises. We also have to acknowledge the need to nourish and refresh our mind and soul through studying and reading good and edifying materials, through prayer and recollection, etc.

We should cultivate healthy hobbies that can recover the balance and stability of our emotions and passions. These can be singing or dancing, playing some games, having a walk or excursion, shopping, doing some minor house repairs, etc.

Ancient common wisdom has recognized this need. “Mens sana in corpore sano” (Healthy mind in a healthy body) goes one saying.

“When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy,” goes a Chinese proverb. “When the soul is well, the body dances,” goes another.

St. Thomas Aquinas once said: “It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.”

We have to see to it that the over-all effect of this regular recharging and refueling is an optimistic and realistic outlook. In fact, more than that, it should effect a spiritual and supernatural outlook, keenly aware of our duties to sanctify ourselves and to do apostolate.

We have to see to it that our need for rest and recreation, our recharging and refueling is not meant to pamper our body only, or our feelings alone. It should put us in the proper state of healthy life, keeping the proper hierarchy of values and ends that are all ordered toward the ultimate goal, God.

Of course, we should also be careful not to go to the extreme of over-resting such that we forget to work and carry out our other more important duties. We should see to it that whatever we do to rest and recover our energies would increase our desire to work and fulfill our responsibilities. If our rest and recreation do not have this effect, then something is wrong.

The writer Ernest Hemingway said something relevant about this: “I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.”

Let’s help one another develop a good system of recharging and refueling regularly for the good of everyone.