Some Words Sunday — Sabbath Day

Rest Time

Rest Time

The term Sabbath has religious connotations to many.  Defined as the seventh (and last) day of the “First Week” when God rested after creating the Earth and Heavens, etc., the Sabbath is often observed with worship and rest to honor God’s gift to his people.

For me…  there are no religious connotations.  I do celebrate the eight sabbats of the pagan (Wiccan) calendar, but the end of a regular work week is not special beyond a chance to get more things done around the house.

So when I took a Sabbath Day today, I’m speaking metaphorically.  I did take a day of rest, but I did so for personal, not religious reasons.

I do think that taking rest days is a good thing for our spiritual selves.  We all hurry around so much these days, especially those of us with passions that we aspire to make into careers (writers and artists certainly but also others).  The business world keeps telling us to move faster, faster!  Time is money, and all that other nonsense…

Truth is, it can wait.  Most anything can wait except dire injury or extreme dehydration and starvation.

You didn’t get your book written today, and now the agent who was looking for it said you missed your chance?  Market it again.  Try again.  If your product is good enough, there will be an audience or a buyer out there.

You will get to the point you want to be at, eventually.  It might take a touch longer without that “break”, but you will do it.  In fact, the harder things are earlier on, perhaps the easier they might be in the long run.  A lot of people who took the early break had to do the uphill struggle later on in their careers when their agents or fans demanded a repeat performance of their first success.

It’s taken me some time to get to this point, time where I came to realize I was actually getting less done when I was pushing myself so hard to do it all.  Now, I’m taking that rest day every week.  It’s not always on Sunday.   Indeed, this week’s Sabbath was Friday.  This coming week, I suspect I’ll be taking my break day on Thursday.

Do you take a Sabbath Day?  If so, what made you do so?

ROW80 Check-in

It’s that time again….  Time for me to say “Ack!  I haven’t gotten much writing done!”

I haven’t.

After taking some time on Friday to rest, I looked at the state of affairs in my WIPs Saturday morning between fits of nausea and a migraine.  Perhaps not the best time to give one’s self a critical assessment given that nothing seemed worth doing, and all efforts felt suck-worthy.

It worked anyway.  I looked over what I’d been doing all month mostly as last month was such a complete bust from the many weeks of family flu-like ick.  Though I haven’t completely forsaken my writing, these past few weeks have been spent more in recouping and refilling than in producing and creating.  Indeed, this past week’s Friday Photo post was the first one where I felt like I was finally hitting my stride.  Wednesday’s post was the first one for a long time where I felt comfortable exploring a somewhat controversial issue and writing an opinion piece on it.

It’s almost the end of the month.

I’ve been reading ravenously lately.  Getting out and about for social events and photo opportunities has been huge for me.

All this activity fills the emotional, spiritual and creative wells…  and oddly enough, I didn’t realize how drained I’d allowed myself to become until I looked back and realized how much more full and at peace I was.  I still need to do more recovery, but now I feel sparks and direction again.  I’ve started to remember my dreams again.

You can’t imagine how relieved I am to have a sense of my dreams once more.

Anyway, that’s really about it.  I haven’t written much… two more handwritten pages since Wednesday.  I’ve dealt with my sponsor duties.  I had a lot of fun visiting not just ROW80 blogs, but also the blogs of the Thursday’s Children bloggers and more.  I learned about the WIPpet posts and will be changing the Wednesday theme from What’s With Wednesdays to WIPpet posts, as they will inspire me more to work on my stories.

I figured out a lot of things, and though I’m completely tanking on my CampNaNoWriMo wordcounts, I’m in a better place for the JuNoWriMo and August camps than before.

It’s been a good few days.  I even got all the laundry in the house done.  😉

Splash!

 

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8 responses to “Some Words Sunday — Sabbath Day

  1. If your ick was like the ick that we got at our house, no one can blame you for not being up for writing. Glad you got some writing done and there’s a lot to be said for getting the laundry done.

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    • I can’t vouch for specifics, but I know that the effects were lingering for well over a month. It was truly the worse cold/flu experience any of us here have had. And I remember reading your posts about how you and your wife were being hit…

      Quite the ick.

      As for the laundry… yes! Not that there isn’t always more, but at Spring Cleaning time there always seems to be a bit more than normal.

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  2. Thank you for writing about a personal Sabbath. Sometimes setting goals helps us focus; it’s why I appreciate those who include PERSONAL in their goal-setting, something I’ve just started to do. May the coming week be a good one for you.

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    • You’re so right, Beth. I haven’t actually included a generic personal category in my goals before this… just my fitness goals (oh, and some kind of joy, such as dancing about the house but even that wasn’t this Round). I am thinking I need to. I’m thinking maybe we all should. So many of us burn ourselves out…

      Thank you for visiting and your kind words, Beth.

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  3. Sick is sick; writing cannot be done with a fuzzy head or roiling stomach! Recovery is important too. I’m glad to hear that you’re finally getting back to a place where you might be able to write again. But the main thing is to get well! Take care of yourself. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Ruth. You’re right… I’ve found I can sometimes do a proofreading/editing run when sick but writing… no. Our bodies have their ways of making us do what we need whether we want to or not.

      I hope all is well in your world and your short story collection (cover-work and all) is going well.

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  4. I take whatever day I need to take to rest. I have a full time job that doesn’t allow me to rest during the day Mon-Fri, but sometimes I can at night. I’m trying out flylady.net to get my house in order. Her philosophy is that if you get your house taken care of Mon-Fri, you don’t have to work on weekends. I like that philosophy. Saturday, though, is usually my most productive day of writing. But I still get to rest after that’s done. 🙂

    Sometimes people get sick. You have to deal with that stuff. The writing will always be there, just make sure you take care of yourself!

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    • Had a weird browser issue when I tried to reply to this before… Hope it goes through now.

      Your Flylady.net idea sounds like a great one to look into–having my house clean by the “weekend” (my weekend is split into Tuesdays and Thursdays, the two days of the week we’re not homeschooling our son or running around for his activities)…. Hmm! Will have to think about how to plan that it. 🙂

      And your’re right, the writing will always be there. Why does that sound like both a blessing and a curse?

      I hope you and your husband are both holding up okay, Lauralynn. Be well.

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