27 July 2013

Housekeeping on a Saturday

Saturday is a no work day for us. It's a timeout day, the day we turn off. We turn off the television, the radio, the mobile phones, the games and most of the time our computers (sometimes I forget and logon).

We don't do any of our regular activities: no working or shopping or cleaning or gardening or cooking.

The basics are covered of course: bed making, dishes, rubbish out but otherwise nothing else is done.

I have a mixer I love, it gets used at least 4 times a week to make cakes, muffins, bread dough, whip cream, make batters, it works hard. But the instruction manual tells me that I can't use it continuously, I need to turn it off after a few minutes of use to rest it. If a machine needs rest between work periods, how much more do we need a proper break?

Everyone needs a day to rest and recharge and Saturday is our rest and recharge day. It's the day we restore our minds and our bodies by taking a break from the daily treadmill we walk.

Not so very long ago the shops closed at 1pm on a Saturday and didn't open again until 9am Monday morning. You worked a 40 hour week and you had the weekend to rest and rejuvenate your mind and body.

Today's world is frantic. Everything is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Supermarkets. Restaurants. Service stations. Pharmacies. Transport. Phones. Television. Radio.  Work. There is no defined break anymore, "weekend" is just the name for two more work days.

We step off the treadmill for 24 hours each week to restore the balance to our lives, guilt free.

Saturday is my favourite housekeeping day.

1 comment:

  1. I was so sorry when we got Sunday trading... regional area took a bit longer than other areas. This is a great idea and I need to take it up.


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