A Working Man's Thoughts on Rest
This last week I finished up another Sabbath Chair. This one was the first to be done in walnut with the camel webbing. It's been many months since I've made a Sabbath Chair and it got me thinking about my original intent. What had inspired this chair design several years ago, and where am I now in relation?
The original chair was meant to be a place of retreat. Life at that time was dramatically changing. New job, new city, no connections, and a brand new baby. I couldn't take anymore and I needed a place to escape in my little apartment. So i created a chair to turn a little corner in my bedroom into a retreat. That chair is now know as the Sabbath Chair.
Today I have as much on my plate as I did back then. Have I learned my lesson? I often feel frantic. The to do list grows with projects, maintenance, meetings, and figuring out what the next step is for the Kaihoi brand. I only have so much time, just like everyone else. It is a precious resource and I'm troubled by the consequences of my work consuming to much of that resource.
Balance. Focus. Patience. Rest. As a budding entrepreneur with a growing brand these things feel as elusive as ever. And as a father of 3 young boys they have never been more important.
Our culture promotes busyness as a badge of honor. I say no more. My efforts to create a sanctuary in a chair and making that chair a part of the Kaihoi brand is my way of being held accountable to my own ideals. I need to rest more, and so do you. Lets talk about it. What keeps you from taking a break? Can you spend a whole day without your phone? A whole day absolutely present with those you love the most? Can you sit down with your family for suppers the majority of the week?
We'll talk more about it. But I think it's time for a break.