Friday, March 23, 2012

It's all in the perspective

Because it's Friday night I'm thinking about the proper observation of the Sabbath it finally hit me.  Let me back up a bit.  The concept behind the prohibition of any kind of work on the Sabbath (even that which is enjoyable) is not to suffer some kind of denial to show your love for G-d.  It allows for totally surrendering yourself to the peace and quiet of the day and be able to reflect on your spirituality.  If you are "forbidden" from doing things, it's much easier to tell yourself that that's just the way it is and there's nothing you can do about it.

How often do you sit down to read or relax and then remember there's laundry in the dryer waiting to be folded, or some other similar chore?  If you're like me you feel guilty about just enjoying yourself when there's work to be done and get up and take care of it.  But on the Sabbath you are forbidden from dealing with the laundry, so you have to just suck it up and lean back and enjoy that book.  The concept is to make you stay away from the chores of  everyday life so that when you are able to resume your work, it's with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.

So now that I have a proper frame of mind again (thank you Prozac!) I can continue my journey forward in our new life plan.
Instead of feeling like I'm "giving up" my art work - I am actually taking a sabbatical.

I will be gone this weekend to a camera workshop so there will not be any posts until my return.

Shabbot Shalom

Long Live the Queen

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the info. No one ever explained it to me like that. It makes me think back to when Sunday was a day for family and church. (for protestants and catholics, etc.) We always looked forward to Sunday as a day of rest, to go to church and to enjoy our families. Somewhere along the way big business decided to change things. Such a shame.

    Enjoy your camera workshop, and have a great weekend. Hugs, Edna B.