Here is a short guide to what you should not be doing on your Sabbath: strenuous household chores (preparing meals is permitted, but they should either be easy or festive depending on your choice) catching up on work that you didn’t complete last week or getting a head start on work you’re supposed to start on Monday; shopping at large department stores that insert slick circulars in weekend papers.
This is what the Sabbath is for: reverence, rest, renewal, rejuvenation, reassuring rituals, recreation, rejoicing, revelation, remembering how much you have to be grateful for, and saying “thank you!” You can do this in a church, mosque, temple, or synagogue, on a walk, while antiquing, sitting in bed propped up on pillows reading something wonderful with a breakfast tray, working the crossword puzzle before a roaring fire, attending a marvelous art exhibition or movie matinee, or listening to opera in the kitchen as you sip sherry and prepare a fabulous feast. What matters is that you do something special that speaks to your soul and that you revel in whatever you do. Your activities on the Sabbath should uplift you and provide enough inspiration to sustain you during the week to come.
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-Susan Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance
All I’m saying is this…Sabbath might look different for all of us, just as long as we observe it in some way. We all need a revitalization day, no matter what we believe, what we worship, or how we worship it, we need a refresher day. I’m learning not to let the tasks I didn’t get accomplished sneak into my refreshing.
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I am ready for this week. I do feel renewed, refreshed, and rested. This week will bring ballet pictures, multiple chores, a birthday party, dinners out, guests, activities, and a much needed Spring Break (yes, that’s proper noun worthy) for my students. And next Sunday will be waiting for me to refresh and reflect after all that.
Getting teeth brings out the crusty nose, but those teething side effects ain’t got nothin’ on those eyes.
Happy Monday, friends. Wishing you a rejuvenated day/week/life/existence. Go get it, gurrrl.
Slightly over-rested blogger.
I’ll (hopefully) be back later this week to talk about one of my favorite seasons and my little lady turning six. Peace out.