Thus, the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so, on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.(Bible, Genesis II).
The Book of Genesis describes how God worked each day to create the Universe and on the seventh day, he rested. A day of rest and rejuvenation and gratitude is important so that we can continue to create for the long haul. I do not think that it matters which day of the week we select as our day of rest. Some people work weekends and have a day off midweek. Various religions pray on different days. What is important is to have a day when we play, pray, rest, and have some recreation and reflection.
I choose Saturday. I work Monday to Friday, and by the time Saturday rolls around, I am ready for a break. I call it my sacred Saturday because I try to be vigilant about protecting that day for me. I try not to let left over work from the previous week leak into Saturday and I try not to let other people book up that time for things that I don’t necessarily want to do. I don’t make early morning plans in case I want to sleep in. I don’t make a long “to do” list of work or personal chores. I may choose to do some of those things on my Sacred Saturday, but only if I feel like it.
I try to do things like taking my Globe and Mail to a favorite coffee shop on Saturday morning or to a wine bar overlooking the ocean in the late afternoon, going for long walks, reading a book, having an afternoon nap, calling a friend, or going to dinner or coffee with friends. I invite friends over or go to the beach. I give my mind and body a rest from the pressures of the week.
We all need time to rest and rejuvenate so that we are ready to dive back in to a creative week.
(c) Dr. Carla Weaver