“Monday 5 Things” with D. Paul Graham…..Finding Rest…..

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Photo: D. Paul Graham / Sunrise solitude on the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2019

Monday 5 Things…..Finding Rest…..

A conversation this weekend about Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ gave me pause. It is one of those songs that I cry whenever I hear it. No matter what artist is covering the song. And of course, I then had to listen to multiple covers; if the price of Kleenex has mysteriously increased over the weekend, now you know why. It just hits me to the core. Every time. I suppose it’s because I have always been fascinated by David in the bible. A simple shepherd boy chosen by God ahead of his older brothers to lead a nation, a giant killer, a young man hunted by his best friend’s father who jealously wanted to kill him. A musician and a poet. A man of abundant wealth and power. A commander of a great army and a king who didn’t hesitate to dance in the streets with unbridled joy. Yet David was a flawed man who was a murderer and an adulterer. Despite those dichotomies, he was a man after God’s own heart who understood what it meant to find rest in chaos. This year has been challenging beyond anything anyone could have imagined. This past week, no matter what side of the aisle you look to, has been nothing short of emotionally draining. In the midst of all that we are living with right now, I took another deep long look at what really brings me rest – not just sleep rest, but the kind of rest that refreshes and brings a profound peace within. This morning’s M5T hopes to bring you some rest amongst the turmoil and stress that we have been facing.

1. Gratitude.

Spending time blessing others in my thoughts and prayers and focusing on being grateful for all that I have, not focusing on the negative. I’m always amazed at how my mindset shifts and how quickly I can feel refreshed when I focus on the positive rather than the negative.

2. Foundations.

Taking the time to really check the foundations that I’m building my life on. Are my foundations strong, or are they soft sand that won’t last? Finding rest allows me to build foundations that will be survive the strongest of storms.

3. Realities.

Reflecting on my life inwardly and outwardly. Am I the same man inside that people see on the outside? Are my motives pure? No, not always but if I don’t find time to rest, I can’t expect to find that consistency, nor can I expect to find peace.

4. Faith.

Understanding where, what, and in whom I place my faith. The older and hopefully the wiser I become, I realize it’s my faith that allows me to love and love deeply, live a life of passion, take chances and calculated risks, make mistakes, question my motives and beliefs, and to handle those moments of chaos, disappointment, and weakness that none of us can avoid in life.

5. Personalities.

Understanding yourself and accepting who you are leads to finding rest and peace. Despite what many may think, I’m an introvert. My batteries are re-charged by taking time out alone. Pausing. Thinking. Reflecting. Taking a breather from the busy-ness around me. Simply learning to wait on God. That’s when I feel the most rested.

Despite the chaos, uncertainty, tension, or anxiety that is around you, here’s to a week of finding moments to embrace rest and peace.

© 2020 D. Paul Graham, all rights reserved.

D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business. He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe, and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.

You can find M5T each Monday here on www.southmag.com and by friending D. Paul Graham on Facebook. Paul is also a contributing photographer to South Magazine. His photographic work can be found on Instagram @dpgraham and at www.imageGRAHAM.com .