My imperfect day. I woke this morning hoping there would still be snow then i could put down the guilt of not going to church today. I have been struggling for months with my health, physically, mentally and emotionally and i just need a day when i dont have to do anything. Maybe i’m not quite sick enough to stay in bed but that’s where i want to stay.
The long dark days of winter should be a blessing. One where we can take ourselves away from the hussle and bustle of the world. Eat thick stews and fattening puddings, play games, talk, read all those books we havent had time for through the year. But there never seems to be enough time to stop and do nothing and when we do stop we feel quilty. No guilt today.
Today is the Sabbath of the Lord. The Sabbath is a day of rest. In six days God made heaven and earth and everything in them and on the seventh day He rested from all His labours, inviting us to do the same. Six days to work in and the seventh for rest. So today God gives you a day-off, so what are you going to do with it?
I read a blog this morning http://www.bemorewithless.com/2011/the-upside-of-beginning and its was all about new beginnings. Now I start things with good intentions but then i get busy with others things and either the thing i started gets pushed to one side until its forgotten. Or i see that someone has the same idea as me and i get discouraged and feel intruded upon. Or i set things up and then someone interfers and things dont get carried on. So really im a procrastinator of the worse kind. This morning i decided i would get up and clean the kitchen, including the cupboards and then make lasagne for our before Sabbath dinner. But what am i do? Farm town, reading blogs and now blogging too.
Other things that i do;
I read 3 different books, all ongoing at the same time
I text instead of phone, that way i can do something else at the same time
I go on the internet instead of cleaning or cooking or shopping
I even write lists of things to do and still dont get them done.
So, the buddhist way is to be fully engaged with whatever you are doing and just do one thing at once. This will be my New Beginning do one thing at once. Will let you know how it goes.