Photo credit goes to my daughter
I recently heard a speaker talk about the importance of taking a day off. As he spoke, I thought, hey, I’m all in!
I am one of those people that consistently thinks about what to do next, you know, what else needs to be done. I like to accomplish things and keep things organized and planned but I am resilient enough to change things up quickly when needed. Yet, I didn’t apply my thinking to ‘taking a day off’ unless it was a vacation that we were planning for. But…the way I see it…every week taking a day, well that’s a lot of time to have ‘off’.
My parents, on the other hand, took their day off seriously. I didn’t recognize it as such until I listened to this speaker. My Mom and Dad took Sundays off. I remember Sundays growing up and right after church we would come home, have breakfast and for the rest of the day the music from the stereo console would be playing and the family would be reading the Sunday paper, reading books, or playing or gardening outside or we went on an adventure. It was a day to do what we wanted to do…a day to relax and enjoy life more.
It was a day that was intentionally set so we could slow down, relax and just be a family.
I can remember that Sundays were one of the few times I would see my Mom stop and enjoy some down time while Sunday dinner was cooking in the oven. She would sit and read the paper or in later years, sit in the living room and listen to gospel music blaring from the console. It was then that I saw the ‘real her’. I saw the person and not just the mom, the wife, the career woman during the years she ran the family business. She rested and did the things she liked doing. On some of those days off, they would change it up a bit and take us on an adventure and exploring. I do believe that ALL Of us got our sense of adventure from these experiences. If we weren’t reading about places, we were experiencing them first hand.
As years went on and I became an adult and started a family of my own, we were much better at intentionally setting time to rest, relax and have adventures when the kids were growing up. We took Sundays off too and went on adventures and would take the Sunday drives and go exploring but since we have moved out to our beautiful country life…most days have seemed more filled with adventure and joy and fun and so we have gotten lazy about intentionally planning a day off.
After I heard him speak, I realized I wanted it back. I wanted to embrace the outdoors and the world around me more than I had been doing and so I proclaimed that from here on in Sundays were now our day off😊. Hubby seemed a bit surprised but he knows that when I have one of those ‘lessons learned’ moments, it’s best to just go with it and enjoy it for what it is and so he grabbed his keys this past Sunday and the one before that and we went on an adventure. The best things can happen when you take a day off😊!
And, this is what we got to experience.
Have a wonderful and blessed Tuesday and Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate🧡💚💛🧡💚