Tag: Rest

Diary of a Walker

 

Sunday, August 29, 7:15 pm Mountain Time:

My second walk in this shimmering, rain-washed day. I’d been reading on the deck and decided I had to see the horses grazing behind fences and breathe in the sprawling pasture a mile and a half down the road.

A Suffering That Leads to Rest

 

We went to a church in my old hood Sunday. It was in the backyard of the pastor’s house, set with a mish-mash of folding chairs and patio tables, including one with coffee, kid drinks, and other treats. I’m guessing there were around 20 or so people there, another dozen or two online via Zoom, and a kid’s group doing its thing on another side of the house.

Why am I telling you this? At this point, I have no idea. Things usually become clear at around the 600-word mark. We will see.

I grew up in the south area of the city and, given my unsupervised freedom, I regularly (and without an inkling of fear that can only be born of wisdom), walked into or came close to taunting my own ruin via treacherous situations involving criminal types and other hoodlums who were usually up to no good thing. I did not make it out of there unscathed.

Make Your Own Sabbath: Chill-Out!

 

For those of us who are pretty independent and don’t like anyone telling us what to do (I assume that is at least 75% of the people who follow Ricochet!), the idea of a Sabbath might be unattractive, to say the least, and distasteful at worst. But over the last couple of years, I’ve come to my own understanding about the Sabbath, how not only Jews and Christians can benefit from it, but everyone needs to have at least one Sabbath day each week. This is what I figured out:

In Judaism, G-d tells us that we must observe the Sabbath day and to keep it holy. I’m not the most observant Jew, but even with those mitzvot I follow, I realized why there are so many rules to Shabbat: because G-d knows we will cheat! And the only ones we will cheat are ourselves!

I believe the restrictions for Shabbat are in place because G-d knows that no matter how determined He is to give us a day of rest, we won’t do it with our hearts and souls. We’ll write a new post for Ricochet; we’ll do just a little laundry; we’ll do one more row on our knitting. I don’t claim to know all the other restrictions determined by the rabbis to keep us from breaking the Sabbath, but they are myriad. I think that is because they knew that G-d genuinely cares deeply about us. He wants us to experience the peacefulness of taking a break from “creating” all week (as He did in the beginning); he wants us to appreciate the fullness of a restful day, the joy of reflecting on life, the beauty of reading spiritual works on this special day; and the opportunity to reach out to Him in our desire to be closer to Him and know holiness.

Before the Holidays Get Away from You…

 

Every year at the beginning of January, we all complain to each other about how fast the holidays went by. Especially for those of us who are older, the universe seems to slam on the gas pedal and we hold on for dear life. Parties, gift shopping, baking cookies, decorating: doing all the requisite tasks that make up this time of year.

It’s easy for me to get caught up in the mood, the sense of rushing and getting things done; the mood is contagious, and by keeping busy, I feel in some ways I’m participating. But I’ve decided to spend the rest of December in a different state of mind.

I’m going to watch and observe.

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We all must rest from work and life eventually.  Someday, hopefully a day of our own choosing, we all have to hang up our hat or hand over our work for others to carry on.  This holds true for businesses too, and the products they manufacture or the services they sell.  We aim, when we […]

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It’s odd that when we’re asleep our brains are busy with bizarre, disjointed impressions that feel like narratives to us. I think dreaming makes our hours of slumber go by faster, keeping us engrossed in alternate realities that hold our daily demands at bay for a little while.  Yet some kinds of dreaming seem to make sleep more tiring, or […]

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My rest conversation was an April Fool’s joke, so I told 10 Cents I would do a “real” one later in the month. I realized something struggling to find something clever to write about rest. I hate resting. Like a shark, I need to keep moving. If I am motionless, both mentally and physically, I feel I […]

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There is an executive I know of who started a new job last August. He goes from meeting to meeting to meeting and gets little rest. His employees have conspired for him in a late April Fool’s Day prank to fill his calendar today with bogus meetings. He will come in, see his calendar is […]

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Not only did the venerable Doc steal my “Rest” post, he stole my title! Call me overworked, call me frazzled, call me late (it’s still the 16th out here on the West Coast, so I’m technically not late).  When I started my job in 2008 at an aerospace manufacturing company, there were three of us […]

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