Keeping my Sundays

I don’t know about you but lately, life’s come at me fast.

My job’s been hectic and our social life equally so.  Recent rains mean the yard needs attention. This old house is always needy and it feels like someone’s calling for me on a steady basis.  I have scrapbooks to finish and graduation invites to mail. And. And. And.

And I’m not doing any of it today.

None of it.

Zero. Zip. Nada.

Yep, I got up this morning, looked out at the week ahead (meetings, travel, projects, conference calls….) and decided  today’s the day.

Today’s the day to do whatever it is I want to do. To do whatever it is my soul needs.

Read. Walk.

Putz in my kitchen.

Play the piano. Sing a song.

Be still. Be quiet.


“Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.” ~Albert Schweitzer

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 How about you?  Are you keeping some of Sunday just for you?

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33 thoughts on “Keeping my Sundays

  1. Yes, this is my daily lament! I am practicing a little of this today as well…not keeping my usual Sunday routine but taking a day for reflection, for reading, for being. Good for you that you are giving yourself a day “off” too! ~ Sheila

    • It’s been just what the “doc” ordered — I read, I relaxed, I cleaned a little bit, cooked and enjoyed some new tunes downloaded from Amazon. Perfection 🙂 MJ

  2. We’re having a quiet afternoon, too. Enjoy your Sunday!

  3. I totally agree with you, though I usually end up working part of my Sunday’s for my career. That’s why some other day becomes my “Sunday”….a day of rest, reflection, reading and even the ultimate self indulgence….a nap. Folks need to rest more…..if even for part of a day…..just to be “still”. This afternoon…a new nature trail with Connie. 🙂 Safe travels to you.

  4. we were talking about this very thing in our house church this morning. puttering in the garden, naps, connecting w/ other believers…these are the things that recalibrate my soul from week to week and help me keep my balance. I used to work with a young man who would work 7 days a week for months on end..but about 2 or 3 times a year he would crash and burn and have to take several days off to recover 🙂 we’re hard wired to need regular down time. call it what you will..a sabbath, what ever. even electric motors have what’s called a “duty cycle” ie. only designed to work a certain percentage of the time before they need to cool down and rest. great post. I feel a nap coming on. I was going to work on a blog post but it may have to wait. DM

  5. Today we are doing the same….life is coming at us fast too and we all need a day of doing nada…nothing…tomorrow will be here soon enough…Tawanda!!!!!!!

  6. Ahhhh! Good for you. I’m keeping some of Sunday just for me too. I started the day with plans for chores and errands, but something inside of me just said, “Sit. Relax.” And so I did. The hubby came home and asked, “Is this what you’re doing with your day?” And I said, “As a matter of fact, it is!”

    We are constantly doing things we HAVE to do. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to take a break now and then.

  7. A very good question! There was a time when the weekend was for rest and relaxation, especially Sunday. However, times do change. What a shame!

  8. MJ we always work to keep the day as stress free/sacred as possible. I LOVE a relaxed Sunday that is UNLIKE all the other days. Well said, thanks for the reminder.

    • Thank you, Anna. The thing is … it came upon me and there it was; seemed a shame not to honor such a good idea 🙂 MJ

  9. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday, MJ. Enjoy, my friend.

  10. I’m glad you’re taking a day of rest. After spending the week at my daughter’s, I’m ready for a few days by myself. Enjoy!

  11. I hope you enjoyed your Sunday! It is so important to take care of YOU, so you can take care of your family 🙂

    • Indeed I did; talked with my Mom, read a bit, did a tiny bit of laundry, and simmered some meat sauce for spaghetti (favorite of our youngest). I cooked up some healthy yummies for my week and put my feet up – ahhh. MJ

  12. Well, I’d like to say yes, but we’re farmers too. And of course the animals need their care no matter the day. But we do try to take a little time for ourselves on Sunday. I’m glad you enjoyed your day. We can let things take over our lives if we don’t guard what is important.

  13. Couldn’t have said it better and i had rain to reinforce those thoughts…love Sundays…

  14. Love this. -kate

  15. Good for you! We finally decided to do the same this past weekend and it really helped center me…recharge a bit. It’s becoming a necessary thing now, otherwise I can get too burnt out.

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