So, at the advice of my professor, I took the week off from two of my classes. No class, no homework--no THINKING about homework, even. No NOTHING.
Thus began Rejuvenation Week.
Thoreau also writes, "I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately." I needed more deliberation, both in action and thought; I felt like I was just doing things to cross them off the list, and not because I particularly enjoyed them or wanted to do them. I needed to slow down and focus on the Things That Matter Most (as outlined in the talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf from October General Conference). With this in mind these are a few of the things I did:
- Read a book just for fun. Okay, it was Jane Eyre, which is hardly light reading, but I read it of my own free will and enjoyed it too. (Does anyone else think St. John is insufferable?)
- Spent time with my family before my older sister entered the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday; she is serving a Spanish-speaking LDS mission to Vina del Mar, Chile.
- Carved a jack-o-lantern with my roommates; we dubbed him Malicious Melvin, and he totally should've won the pumpkin carving contest at our ward Halloween party Friday night. Or at least I'd like to think so. :)
- Anxiously awaited the result of the Idaho high school 5A state soccer tournament; two of my brothers play Borah High School varsity, and they're pretty much the most awesome soccer players I know. STATE CHAMPIONS, baby! Check out the news article and pictures here and here. (One is number 19 and the other is number 13.)
- Walked to the Provo Temple and back, admiring the fall colors on the mountains and deliberately stepping on any particularly crunchy-looking leaves.
- Gave more time to studying scriptures and having meaningful personal prayer.