A Day of Rest


“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
Maya Angelou


“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
John Lubbock


“Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.”
Elisabeth Elliot

28 responses to A Day of Rest

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I do too Masoom, especially after having had a rough two weeks at work. Something to remember during rest, that all our hard work makes it all the better.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      They are, Laura, and very close to where I work. I often walk there at lunch time to clear the mind…a form of rest.

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    I think as North Americans we tend to under-rate leisure time and how important it is to our well-being. Even being retired, I tend to over-cram my days because there is SO. MUCH. TO. DO.
    The 2nd quote resonated with me. Thanks for the reminder that sometimes doing ‘nothing’ is also critically important.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s kind of funny that I posted this on a day when I’ve been busy…shopping, laundry, working out, and cooking. I need to rest soon. Maybe when I get my bread in the oven. So much to do 😋

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I’m having the opposite kind of day. It’s 2:30 in the afternoon, I have a few hundred blog posts I’m behind in reading, and I’m seriously considering going on a Netflix binge for a while instead 🙂

  2. “Every person needs to take one day away… Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” It seems that we still must work long hour due to the disparity between the economy and our income — BUT — we always take a couple of days in “silence” around the New Moon. No plans, pj’s, sleep, walk, whatever… Energizes us. And yes, we unplug! No yakking with the crazy people outside our doors!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Two days of PJ’s and no plans sounds very inviting Katie. I may have to take some time off from work next month and do just that. It seems the weekends are non-stop lately…never enough time to sit in quiet and decompress.

  3. joey says:

    When I think of rest, I think of Sunday. Sunday for me is always best spent at leisure. I just want to be home, with a big, early dinner, some baking, books, shows, snuggles, maybe a nap. Peace. I never take a day of peace for granted.
    Those are all good quotes, but I like the last one best.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That’s an excellent way to treat your Sundays. I like the big dinner and napping parts. I tried to rest a bit last weekend by binging on Netflix and taking it easy. Felt good. Have a wonderful Sunday, Joey. I hope you get your rest.

  4. Timely. As several layers of crap piled up last week, I thought about running away. I stayed but I am going to take myself off to the cinema this evening to watch a movie about the Beatles all by myself. There will likely also be food and wine involved. I claim your instruction as permission. 🙂

    Hope work eases off for you this week, M-J. ❤

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I absolutely give you permission to go see a movie and relax. Funny, I felt like running away from work Friday morning…long story…but made it through. This week will be better for both of us, I can feel it. Or perhaps it’s just plain hope.

  5. dweezer19 says:

    A rest from all stimulus is the most healing and in these times the most challenging thing for all of us.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That’s so true, Cheryl, especially about how resting is challenging. We’re so busy, busy, busy all the time that we forget how to do it.

  6. “The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure.” THIS is exactly why retired people can end up depressed. I personally dislike retirement. I loved my work. I’d rather be working. I can enjoy the moments, be in the here and now, appreciate leisure, but really, I could also do all that with and in my work for all those years. Rest is so important but leisure without any purpose has a natural course it will run. I’m not talking about production and accomplishment. We need to remember that with our elders, and support them in continuing to find meaning, even as they are enjoying their often hard-earned leisure time.
    Wow, end of lecture. Where the heck did that all come from??? Oh yes, too much leisure!!
    (shy emoticon here…)

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Oh how I wish I had a piece of your leisure. I am so ready for retirement! I used to always say “I love my job,” but not lately. I’m getting tired of the increasing workload.

      I get your point, though. I suppose too much leisure could get very old. That’s why my plan is to either get a fun part-time job or volunteer more when I retire. Something to get me out of the house, but leave me enough time for relaxation.

      • Sorry to complain on your site! I just miss my work. I got spoiled. I do not really want to do anything else. I wasn’t finished!
        It’s not that I don’t enjoy the beauty and surprises and peace every single day brings. I just miss my work! Thanks for giving me a platform! This is making me think about what I can and cannot do about it all.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Check out your area for volunteer opportunities. Take it from me, that can be truly rewarding when you find the right fit (a place that you are passionate about).

      • You are so right…been dragging my feet about that as I still need to earn a little and only have so much energy. I was inspired this morning by the following comment on https://johannamassey.com/2016/09/19/with-less-weight-in-my-backpack/
        “How do I reconcile the reality of being in an old woman’s crone body….with the delicious Moxie, and sense of anticipation, exploration, and excitement that Late Summer to Equinox offers?

        With less weight in my backpack!”

        You have also inspired me to start looking around for that volunteer job!! Thanks!

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