A Summer with No Plans

One and a half weeks until summer break.
While I am really looking forward to six weeks of no schedules, no students and no early mornings, I must admit that I’m also scared.

I’m scared that my to-do list is too full.
I’m worried that I can’t get it all done and will let people down.
I’m afraid that the six weeks will fly by and I’ll have wasted my time with nonsense. 
I need rest so desperately, and yet I somehow don’t know how. 

As I sit down and pour my heart out to you, you take me back to a familiar story.
A tale of two sisters who have a house full of guests and a long list of chores.
While one of them hustles and stresses and runs around, the other one just sits down and listens.

I identify with the hustler and sympathize with the listener, when I hear your voice ringing in my ear and heart:

Don’t do. Just be. 

The truth is so simple.
But sometimes the simple things are the hardest to practice.
I will give it a try this summer.
Thank you.


Writing for Five Minute Friday today.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People Lover. Writer.

4 thoughts on “A Summer with No Plans”

  1. Don’t do. Just be! Such an important reminder for all of us. It is so easy to do do do. I also can’t help but think of Mary and Martha when I read your post. Blessings and rest to you my friend. Im in the 57 spot this week.

  2. Oh, I can relate to this Katha. As a former teacher and a Martha, the summers seemed full of possibility and also pressure. It sounds like you have a healthy perspective. Rest. Be. Trust. I’m really glad I stopped by for your beautiful post and reminder for me this day. I’m your FMF neighbor #61. I’ll be back to visit!

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