Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rest for Your Soul

          I love Sundays! It's the only day of the week when I can rest guilt-free pretty much all day aside from a few kitchen and dining room duties surrounding our noon time meal. God knew what he was doing when he instituted a day of rest; everyone needs rest from their busy, trying lives. Our bodies are tired, our minds are tired and our souls are tired.
          For me sitting in an easy chair knitting and watching an old movie is very restful. Some Sundays  I like to curl up with a good book and nod off without shame...ah bliss! Often hubby will buy the Sunday Oregonian on the way home from church and I'll have the crossword puzzle to begin working on Sunday afternoon....and then nod off in a recliner, more bliss!

           My hubby has different ideas about rest and relaxation. He has difficulty sitting still for very long so "vegging" on the couch is right out. Working outside in the garden restores his soul.(not mine). If there's no gardening  to be done he likes to delve into some "little" project like building a top bar bee hive, making a batch of soap or painting and re-papering our bedroom.
          I used to have a problem with him "working" on Sunday and by my standards, not resting. After all he's worked a 40 plus hour week and needs to have a break.
          However, I've learned over the past 30 years that these activities do provide him with  rest, maybe not my kind of rest, but definitely rest. He's restored by doing and I'm restored by sitting. We've gotten used to our differences and have learned not to make each other feel guilty for our personal choice of "rest."

1 comment:

  1. I too love to rest on Sundays. For me that means not sewing for "work". But I still will sometimes sew for fun - there is definitely a difference.