It's really hard for me, someone who juggles work at home, part-time work at a job, and taking care of my family, to find rest. In fact, it's a subject I've been studying and writing about since I started my new seminar on finding real peace.
With how busy every wife and mom is today, I am sure that you, too, struggle with balancing the need to get everything done and taking some time for yourself to rest and rejuvenate.
When I ran across this podcast about a 24/6 workweek and the importance of a Sabbath rest, I knew it was something I needed to hear. I've struggled with my Sundays--often sneaking in work. I liked the encouragement from the author of this book, Hard Break, that we are actually more productive when we have rest.
It's not like God hasn't told us this---in fact, he has commanded this of us. "Remember the Sabbath."
Our Father knows best.
Here are some quotes from the podcast I really found helpful:
“It’s not about working more hours. It’s not about sending more emails, texts, putting more social media posts out there. We know this. What will break through is being creative, being innovative, standing above the crowd. So how do you do that?…the latest neuroscience is showing that basically if you want to succeed in today’s world, that the Sabbath has a lot of benefits.
Now what the Sabbath is and what it’s meant to be, I believe, is it’s meant to be something different. So, and that’s why the book is called, The Hard Break. It’s a break from everything that you are doing and how you’re running around during the week. So, what does that mean?. . .
"it’s meant to have a relaxed kind of like, that the time is yours. So the worst thing you could do it as a Sabbath is, let’s say, you turn off your phone and you don’t work, but then you go schedule 15 million activities for that day. So it’s, you know, I’ll do one activity, maybe two of like a scheduled nature. . .
"You know what I love doing? I, you know, speaking of rest, I love taking a nap when I can. I love reading for pleasure. You know, so many of us are trying to improve ourselves, and in our downtime, we’re reading books like mine, which I recommend, but, you know, some of my favorite memories of just doing stuff on Sabbath is just reading fiction that’s just pure fun, like Popcorn fiction.. . .
"really playing with your kids. You’re going to the park, or in a museum or watch if you watch TV or a movie. What’s something that’s just enjoyable? Nothing about business, no documentaries, no politics because we’re all being, you know, kind of blasted with all of this.. . .
"I highly recommend that one of the things to do on the Sabbath is have some kind of ritual around a meal. It’s amazing when you look into the research about the outcomes for children that have, where they eat with their parents as they grow up, and they have the more times that you eat together. . .
“When you look at what truly brings people’s satisfaction, joy and happiness, it’s connection to other people, and real in-person connection. So the Sabbath is a time for you not to run around, but focus on that." Aaron Edelheit