Take a Weekly Sabbatical

In ancient days, the seventh day of the week was known as the Sabbath. Reserved for some of life’s most important, yet commonly neglected pursuits, including spending time with one’s family and hours in deep reflection and self- renewal, it provided a chance for hard- working people to renew their batteries and spend a day living life more fully. However, as the pace of life sped up and more activities began to compete for people’s attention, this wonderful tradition was lost, along with tremendous personal benefits that flowed from it. Stress itself is not a bad thing. It can often help us perform at our best, expand beyond our limits and achieve things that would otherwise astonish us. Just ask any elite athlete. The real problem lies in the fact that in this age of global anxiety we do not get enough relief from stress. So to revitalize yourself and nourish the deepest part of you, plan for a weekly period of peace, a weekly sabbatical to get back to the simpler pleasures of life, pleasures that you may have given up as your days grew busier, and your life more complex. Bringing this simple ritual into your life will help you reduce stress, connect with your more creative side and feel far happier in every role you play in your life. Your weekly sabbatical does not have to last a full day. All you need is a few hours alone, perhaps on a quiet Sunday morning, when you can spend some time doing the things you love to do the most. You may choose to spend time in your favorite bookstore, watch the sun rise, takw a solitary walk along a beach or a riverside or write in your journal. Organizing your life to be able to do more of the things you love to do, is one of the first steps to improve your life and live well. Who cares if others don’t understand what you are trying to accomplish by making the weekly sabbatical an essential part of your life! Do it for yourself, you are worth it. In the words of Thoreau, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

March 20, 2022

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