I am not a scientist like Don, nor did I sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night ( as a matter of fact I don’t think I have slept for days) – but I would like to make certain that all Relay For Life participants are aware of the potential for Post Relay Depression Syndrome. PRDS is a completely normal after effect that may follow in the days or weeks after Relay.
While Josiah has differentiated the five stages of Relay (and offered anger management courses to anyone interested), remember that PRDS is a completely separate stage of Relay. It is also important to remember that PRDS is a perfectly normal feeling. Always remember that you are not the only person who may be experiencing this malady. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, sleep deprivation, swollen ankles, Starbucks withdrawal, loneliness, frustration and an eagerness to serve at the next event.
But in all seriousness gang – it IS hard to leave an event like Relay for Life, where so much effort, time and dedication are channeled into making it a success and go back to “normal life”. Each year I am left feeling kind of empty and anxious to find some other “service project’ to fill the void. And quite frankly, I guess that is a good thing. It should embolden us to look for opportunities every day to continue loving God, loving people and taking action.
Many of our actiongroups serve the community on a regular basis. In addition to looking for daily opportunities to serve, I encourage each of you to look for a group that might interest you. Use the relationships you formed at Relay to continue meeting and serving together.
And finally, be ready to jump into the “next big thing” that comes our way at actionchurch. The really cool thing about my job on the crew is that I never know in advance what that thing may look like. It is great to be a part of a church that is in a position to seize whatever opportunity God places on our heart. It certainly keeps things interesting!
A huge thank you to all RFL 2013 leaders and participants! Projects like Relay could not be the successes they are without dedicated people like you.