I have a friend [Lauren] who is an advocate of the Sabbath. She is a Sabbath cheerleader. She will tell anyone and everyone how awesome and important taking a Sabbath is. "It's right up in there with 'Thou shalt not kill.' If God still values that commandment, shouldn't we honor them all?"
I'd never taken it that seriously before, but Lauren became the voice of my conscience, and for the last 3.5 years, I've grown increasingly aware of, and participatory in, taking a weekly Sabbath.
I'm happy to tell anyone and everyone why Lauren was right, how much value the Sabbath still plays even in today's world (and perhaps especially in today's world), but I won't do that here. I just wanted to say that today was one of those days that epitomized Sabbath for me.
- Sufficient gym time (granted, I **taught** Attack, which opposes the idea of not working, but it was so much fun!! Since I'm not an instructor anymore, it felt different from "work")
- A free mini massage
- Meeting with friends at The Elephant Room for tea and crepes (if that doesn't say "day of rest," I don't know what does)
- Finally submitting chapter 1 of my Thassos story to my writing group
- Walking around PVD with Flavia and showing her the fun shops of Hope Street
- Eating dinner at North, which was UH-MAZ-ING, as always. Flavia introduced me to Basil Ice Cream, which is not something I would have chosen for myself, but was the perfect end to a perfect dinner. ("It's like having a dessert and a mint at the same time. Satisfying for the sweet tooth, yet it closes the door on the meal.")
- Some legit heart to heart conversations with my new German friend.
Overall, just a really wonderful, restful day filled with life-giving moments that enrich the soul.