Fatigue And Emotion

It's amazing how many problems in our lives can be eliminated by this simple prescription...get some rest!

I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

The late, great football coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi, once made this statement, "Fatigue makes cowards of us all."

How right he was. Physical depletion renders us less able to cope with the noisiness of children; with a dishwasher that won't work, and with the thousands of other minor irritations of everyday living. Perhaps this explains why men and women who are grossly overworked often become cowardly, whining, griping and biting those they love the most.

I think a great many people today need to make rest a priority in their lives. Each of us requires a certain number of hours of sleep, and we should make certain that we get it. We should also turn down that invitation to serve on yet another committee, or that late dinner date, or even that new promotion, if we know our reserves are already depleted. We might even carve out an entire day, setting it aside for recreation in the best sense of the word; a walk in the woods, a long talk with some friends, or just a good book and an easy chair.

Fatigue isn't easily conquered, but a few tough decisions like these will help us lead saner and more healthy lives. This is Dr. James Dobson for Focus on the Family.

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