In Praise of Sunday.

It may be ‘dating’ myself but I miss Sunday.  Not the calendar day, the day of rest.  Until the mid-80’s we lived in Texas where there were ‘Blue Laws’.  While originally based in a religious foundation the result of the law as still the same for me.  The legal restrictions encouraged our family to spend time in rest and relaxation, alone or with family and friends.

I’m not defending the oddities or inconsistency of the blue laws.  Being able to buy one thing but not another based on someone else deciding one was somehow ‘work related’ but the other was not – really?  The laws were just as frustrating to me as they were to anyone else until I just gave up trying to buy stuff on Sunday.

Rather, I’m fondly reminiscing about the day off aspect the laws maintained in my life.  Malls were closed, grocery stores closed, etc.  Sunday may not have been slower but it felt slower.  I planned ahead Monday to Saturday and got my ducks in a row for Sunday.  Then I stopped and looked around at my life.

Today the world runs on a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week schedule unless you want a Chick-fil-a sandwich or something from Hobby Lobby, both still closed on Sunday.  There may be other businesses closed on Sunday but those two jump to mind because they are part of my little corner of the world.

It’s easy to get caught up in the constant rush of life, perhaps more now than ever with the constant stream of electronic static running in the background now.  With the holiday season approaching it will be even more hectic with retailers now open on Thanksgiving so we can all start shopping for those Christmas presents a few hours earlier and open on Christmas so we can start returning those same presents and get what we really wanted in the first place.

I’m going to stand firm on having a day of rest and holidays off.  Be it Sunday or another day, I’ll chose one and stick with it.  Holidays will just be a bonus.  There isn’t any part of my life that can’t hold for 24-hours.  It doesn’t mean I won’t do anything at all, I’ll just withdraw from the hectic to do list and commercialism of day-to-day life.  A day to take my foot off the accelerator of living, a mental stop-light.  Getting an extra thing or two done in the other six days will be well worth the effort.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.  ~  Gandhi

 

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