Sunday morning my three best friends and I set out to Dawes Arboretum in search of some quiet time. We piled in the car with a breakfast picnic (of course I forgot my contribution at home in my fridge) and a plan to relax and catch up. And we were greeted by some spectacular colors.
After a bite to eat, we started out on the trails. It was a perfect day to be outside! (and probably one of the last we’ll have this season.) It wasn’t long before we ran into nature at it’s finest.
Earlier last week we were talking about a Sabbath and what exactly that means. So often parts of Christianity are adorned with so many rules and regulations that the point gets lost in the “how to.” After some discussion and sharing, we came to the concept that a Sabbath is a day set aside for you to rest; whatever that means to you. A day for you to reconnect with God and yourself, to enjoy what you’re doing and to allow yourself to relax. There’s a difference between being lazy out of exhaustion or depression and choosing to let yourself enjoy some downtime. And believe me, the latter feels much sweeter than the first scenario. No matter how busy, we all need to take time out to recharge…because an empty tank of gas won’t get you very far.
So that’s what Sunday was about…getting out of the norm with each other and taking a couple of hours to just unwind and chill. We got to talk about some of the junk going on in all our lives. And we got to remind each other just how wonderful our little family is.
And of course, it was a great way to spend the start of the holiday season and live in the moment. Do you remember my challenge? How are you doing on that?!
Here’s to a great week and some restful time for us all.