How often we find the days produce too many interruptions, too many unanticipated demands. Extra duties and the trivial all too easily crowd out the more important work that should be done. When we feel crowded and pushed and feel that things are running us instead of our running them, that is the time to slow down. That is a warning to stop, to take time to get away from it all and be alone. When we are overworked and tense, we become inefficient and we overtax our strength. At such times much more will actually be accomplished through rest, difficult and impractical as that may seem, than through overwork and overdoing. Nature demands that we now and then take time out to let our souls catch up with our bodies.
--Paul S. McElroy (Moments of Meditation 1961)