Why Wait for Saturday?

I am so brain dead today that I don’t want to do anything. I have to clean the house (it’s my turn this week) and I really don’t like doing that. I also have to work out but I may get a break since there are thunder and lightning storms due this afternoon and riding your bike in Florida during a lightning storm is tantamount to suicide.

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So I am thinking I may take my Shabbat early this week. Being retired, that is much easier for me to do then those who are still wage-slaves, yet most companies allow a personal day.

The Bible says to do all your work on the 6 days you are given and rest on the seventh, but I never saw anything that said you HAD to work for 6 days. There is nothing that says we can’t have more than one Shabbat during the week, so long as we don’t become lazy and slothful.

So I am taking a Shabbat rest on this non-Shabbat day, and even if you have to work, I suggest you consider doing the same thing. If you have to plan for it, then plan for it.

When I was working on Wall Street as a Department Manager with the Securities Transfer Division, I often would be at my desk, feet up and resting. People would ask why I wasn’t working, and my answer was, “I am enjoying my emergency time. I always plan some time during the day for an emergency, and since I didn’t have one yesterday, I am taking that emergency time now.”

Rest is good for the body and the mind, so make sure you plan for it. Too many of us get so obsessed with needing to do everything we can it becomes a drug that needs to be taken over and over. You know who I mean: the person who is always so busy they never get to do anything for themselves. They spend all their time doing for others until they are so burned out they can’t do anything, for anyone. That is not being a “good person”, that is being stupid and selfish, and self-destructive.

I guess I am going to have to clean the house, but I will skip the workout today. I usually work out 3 times a week, starting with a 15-minute metabolic exercise session, followed-up with working out on the gymnastics rings in the garage, finishing with an 18-mile bike ride. It’s a good workout, and I always feel better when I do it, but that ain’t happening today!  Today is a pseudo-Shabbat for me, and if you have the ability to do so, make it one for you, too.

Until next time, L’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!


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