Saturday, 27 August 2016

SUPERHEROES TIME OUT

Hello,

I'd like to apologize for my absence on the blog; it has been a very distracting few weeks.  By way of apology today's post is a thought I put into practice recently and one I feel you should too.

                                                  SUPERHERO TIME OUT
I am at best a passive "follower" of cartoons, comics and superheroes but I have had to know a thing or two because of the occasional need to gift action figure to children.



Cartoons have always taught lessons and values that popular culture and the demands of society seem to push to the background. Here's one, superheroes need rest.  Superman is regarded as the strongest super hero of the lot, rechargeable by the sun and only susceptible to kryptonite. His abilities include strength, flight, enhanced sight and hearing, steel/ bullet proof skin, X-ray and heat vision. All these abilities enable him to defeat the most powerful foes and avert all sorts of danger.


...but even Superman has to take a day off.
In the DC universe, Superman has a vacation spot that is hidden from the world, known to a few and inaccessible by anyone save himself and the occasional ultra determined foe.  He usually retires there to work on projects dear to his heart but most importantly to rest. His vacation spot is called the Fortress of Solitude and is currently located in the Arctic region. There are other comic heroes with hideouts where they store their gear or relax and be "normal" for awhile.
These cartoon characters emphasize the concept of rest. Doctors will tell you that a number of health issues are directly influenced by stress including heart diseases, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression & anxiety, heartburn, accelerated aging and premature death.  (Sourced from http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems).  It's no longer news that a lack of rest can lead to a nervous breakdown, this is probably why vacationing has spawned a major industry the world over. All sorts of tourist attractions and centers have been developed or created to give the weary a memorable means of recharging themselves after a stressful period of work. 
There are a lot of vacation spots all over the world to fit into anyone's budget and even if you cannot afford the out of country vacation, you can definitely afford to rest at home.
I believe that resting lifestyle is influenced by God and I have my days of rest as well.
Psalm 121:4 tells us that God never gets tired or needs sleep, yet God who is All Powerful rested in Genesis 2:2-3
"By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that He had done"
God's action is exemplary here so that we can live full and enjoyable lives. I literally take my rest in God when things get tough but I also take time off to rest when I need it.  By all means work hard but remember to rest. It is, after all a commandment.
I would love to hear from you, so please use the comments section below and tell me your favorite way to spend your day off as well as any vacation spot that offers rest and recreation without breaking the bank.
God bless you,
Laurie.



1 comment:

  1. My favorite place is to simply go to my birthplace. To go and meet my mum and siblings. There I will be free from stressors. Lol

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