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{Photo taken from the top of Cadillac Mountain | Bar Harbor, ME | September 2011}​

Yesterday I woke up with purpose. I was determined to have a relaxing day at home. No housework, no internet frenzy, no gardening, nothing. I wanted to reclaim what Sundays felt like as a kid. Where we visited family, ate popcorn for supper, and spent the day in a general atmosphere of calm and enjoyment.

Days fly. Weeks race. This year is almost gone. My garden's helped me with awareness about the changing of the seasons, but I still find myself with hands in the air, wondering Okay, seriously, how is it already mid-September?

On Sunday, I decided to get my bearings. To set aside the To Do lists and project lists. To ignore the few dishes in the sink. I wanted to make my peace with the steady march of days.​

I lounged in bed. I read a lot in five different books (might have an attention deficit problem, just might). I visited with a dear friend and was surprised by my sister and her family dropping in for an hour. ​

After such a "chill" day, I felt refreshed. I had a sense of what was going on, who I was, where I am. I had observed a Sabbath of sorts and it worked.​

We all need to slow down, right? We work hard, we take care of our family and friends, we give and emote and create for days on end. Even a passionate, fulfilled life can feel a little bit like running on a treadmill sometimes.​

It might seem beyond luxurious to take a day just for yourself and, really, it is. It feels like you're downright spoiling yourself. All I can say is, it sure worked for me. Last night I slept like a log (except for that one time I woke up hacking and coughing because I might have swallowed a spider in my sleep). ​

We treat ourselves to so many other things: delicious restaurant dinners, new toys, clothes, awesome leather boots, turquoise necklaces and vintage china. Somehow time has become more precious to us than money and we give so little of it to ourselves. ​

I'd like to take Sundays for rest in the future. It's a long-held tradition in Judeo-Christian traditions and, as I've stated before, I love how we continue to gain understanding in the value of traditions. ​

Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you and, on Sunday, stop doing. Stop doing and "be." 

Take care of yourself, readers. Today is Monday and we're all back at the grind. But, soon enough, faster than we'd like (in the large scheme of things), Sunday will be here to hold you.​

Do you take a day for yourself? Do you think it's important or an impossible luxury?

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Comment by Dyan Redick on September 10, 2012 at 8:21pm

this is beautiful! I can see Cadillac Mountain from your description, here, further down on the Musgongus Bay. I enjoyed the beauty of my laid back Sunday and extended it into Monday and am going to extend it for the week! 

Comment by Shellie A. Gades on September 12, 2012 at 7:50pm

Amen Sister!

Comment by George P. Bush on September 13, 2012 at 9:18am

Great advice and more of us should follow it and also I know its not politically correct but go to Church and give thanmks even if youdont velieve you can meet some great peole there. Give thanks to Mother Earth there she deserves it.

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