My Lock Down Story

by Eden Benibo

It’s funny how this ‘lock down’ had to scream the word ‘REST’ into my ears. Eden, breathe. Rest. Breathe. How often do we include ‘rest’ to our success tips?
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I know it’s Monday, a very unlikely day to talk about resting- especially in a world where almost everything reminds us of
-how time is running.
-how time flies.
-how we have to catch up with life.
But not so much reminds us of how we need to take a deep breath, because time will keep running, even long after we are gone.
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I’ve always been a workaholic. I’ve always been that girl who likes to put her ALL into what she does, per time. Well, this is not bad, and not good either, until a balance is created. And creations do not just emerge, it’s always mainly from a conscious effort made.
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In the earlier days of the lock down, I pulled up a long ‘to-do-list’ (as usual), knowing fully well that, staying at home wouldn’t affect my kind of freelance job. -Writing, editing and speaking, sometimes.
However, like an overused phone, I began to hang😂
My head. My whole body began to speak one dialect -Rest Eden, rest. Reset
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For a girl who wouldn’t mind working, even while stuck in traffic. For girl who would stay awake from the hours of 2am-5am writing, editing, reading and doing various other personal projects… Rest began to sound like a new word to me, and I had to relearn it, during the lock down.
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I know how ‘nice’ social media has been to my art and I, but I had to take a break here.
I also did a ‘little what’s app holiday’ and closed my eyes to all the ‘noise’ of the world,
-because “sometimes, we need to slow things down, to speed things up.”
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And on the seventh day, HE (God) rested.
Why shouldn’t you?
Please, as you make beautiful plans on how you’ll cross seven mountains and seven oceans, add ‘rest’ to your ‘to-do-list’. ❤
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P. S: Soooon, in my favorite corner at ‘Express-Shun’ I’ll be sharing super inspiring ‘Lock Down Stories’ from some of the most beautiful humans on the planet! Stay tuned
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Do not forget to create a balance in all you do this WEEK!
Cheers!!
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#edenbenibo #ace #pace #grace

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17 comments

Akachi May 4, 2020 - 6:39 pm

First you made me love poetry for the first time in my life. Next you make me read long posts. I’ve always hated reading long posts! But here I am. Always at the end of your article. You are GOOD

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Chef Ike Paul May 4, 2020 - 6:41 pm

I don’t easily get inspired. But you, you inspire me everyday, Eden. Live long, Queen.

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Bola May 4, 2020 - 6:44 pm

Breathe. Rest. Breathe. Especially in times like this when just everything isn’t going right. This article is relatable is so many ways. Thanks for all you do

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Uzoma May 4, 2020 - 6:47 pm

The way she tells her own story, in a way that would make one see a connection within. You are amazing.

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Augustine May 4, 2020 - 6:49 pm

This is beautiful

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Paul May 4, 2020 - 6:52 pm

“Sometimes we need to slow down to speed things up” The truth is when we get to that point where our bodies need rest and we don’t… Then that’s the beginning of wahala. Because one needs to be healthy to get wealth or any other goal out there.

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Sarah Writes May 4, 2020 - 7:00 pm

The best part that got to me was when you said.
..and on the seventh day He God rested. I’m one person who needs this. I may not work as hard as you do. But I get worried a lot. I need to rest my mind. That’s how I see it. I need to breathe.

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Onyinye May 5, 2020 - 10:13 pm

I like where you said “I may not work as hard as you do”. It’s striking for me cause we sometimes think we are not worthy of rest if we haven’t measured up with a person’s kind of “hardwork” . Rest none the less.

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Dennis May 4, 2020 - 7:02 pm

The Queen has spoken. When climbing your seven mountains and swimming the oceans of life. Stop to rest! Take a deep breath We got this mama

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Obinna Wisdom May 4, 2020 - 7:04 pm

So true!

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Muna_Official May 4, 2020 - 7:50 pm

Beauty herself!!!!
Poet herself!!!!!
Intelligence herself!!!!

Just glow on sis!!

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Ibiangake May 5, 2020 - 12:03 am

Just bliss🤭

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Life May 5, 2020 - 1:03 am

Rest is a vital thing every human needs to be able to scare through the over stressed moment been faced.

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Annie May 5, 2020 - 7:32 pm

Nice one baby girl.

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Onyinye May 5, 2020 - 10:19 pm

Dear Eden,
REST.

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Margaret May 6, 2020 - 12:22 pm

#Rest. Truly, this world is fast paced.
You inspire me, you have always inspired me and will continue to. Please continue being YOU, because you are LOVED for who you are.

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Oyelola Dayo Joseph May 6, 2020 - 11:44 pm

What more can I say? This is just beautiful.

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