Thursday, 28 December 2017

Commandment Number Four

“A life built upon Sabbath is contented because in rhythms of rest we discover our time is full of the holiness of God.”   Shelly Turner

I took this picture in the Heart of Gozo Museum in Victoria when I was there earlier in the month.  It's a fascinating collection that's free to access which includes a large number of religious artifacts that are housed in an amazing building.

This week marks a turning point in my life.  I'm back at work after the Christmas break.  But it's only for three days.  What's different now is that there will only be rare occasions that I'll be working a five day week in the NHS.  In January I'll be condensing my working week into four longer days.  I've done this to assign a proper chunk of time to working on developing my own business with the eventual aim of being fully self employed.

Even though I have a 'day off' I'll be beavering away  harder than ever to begin with. That means that I need to look after myself even more carefully.  When I was in the States in 2015 my lovely friend Julie, who's a practising Christian, reminded me of the Sabbath,  the concept of a rest day that's so important to the Judaic tradition that it's written in the Ten Commandments.      And so my goal for the next year is to assign myself a dedicated day of rest.  Where it is falls in the week will be fluid.  What matters is that it's there and I'm going to mark it in my diary each week.  I'll use it for leisurely lie ins, making things, seeing friends and trips out and put my work to one side for that day.   It's a New Year's resolution of sorts but much gentler and kinder to myself than imposing a tough regime of doing or abstinence.  Will anyone else in this frazzled old world stop and join me?


12 comments:

  1. Good idea. I think there comes a time in everyone's life when you have to assess the amount of pleasure you are getting from your full time job, and if you can manage on less hours. For me it was mid fifties when I eased off. Before that though I did start two businesses, and I found I was working more hours, but when it's for yourself it's different. Keep at it, and best of luck.

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    1. Yep, I came up with a virtual back of the envelope plan yesterday of when it would be possible to cut my NHS contract. xx

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  2. I hope it all works out the way you want it to. xx

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    1. I think that it may well do. Or if it turns out differently it will be good as well. xx

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  3. It's an excellent idea and you'll still achieve lots. I'm always more creative and work faster when I'm well rested and it keeps the old anxiety levels right down.
    Arilx

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    1. Yes when stressed I don't achieve as much. I'm hoping this will be a calming strategy that aids productivity. xx

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  4. Doing too much & not finding time for ourselves I think does catch up with us-then we have no choice but rest-so I think just pacing ourselves with whatever we do ,we achieve more & it's more enjoyable x

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  5. As one who's been self-employed for nearly three years, I love it but taking time off is really hard to do. You need to be rigid about it, no answering emails, no 'I'll just sit down at the computer for ten minutes'. I applaud your plan, if you can stick to it you'll really benefit.

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    1. Yes I think it's going to take some planning ahead to achieve so the working doesn't 'sneak' back but it will be worth it. xx

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  6. Concentating on just being rather than doing is a great choice. Love reading your blog.
    Chez

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    1. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Glad you love my blog Chez. xx

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