A break from the little tedious things

This past week was the week of little things, one after another, many unexpected. Personally, I don’t like when things pile up like they did, so much so that I now have overflow into this coming week. I won’t go into the tedious details, but I will say this, and what I’m leading up to: I’m ready for this weekend’s version of My Own Personal Sabbath.

My Own Personal Sabbath #7

Almost every Sunday since mid-May 2020 with a few exceptions, I have been taking my own personal Sabbath, where I tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phone. Throughout the day and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to, or watching during my Sabbath.

This weekend’s Sabbath begins later today, about 3 p.m after work., and will go until Monday afternoon, at about 1:30 p.m. when I return to work. This afternoon, I plan on beginning with a little journaling, and light reading, among which I have a few choices:

  • Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, a collection of his favorite material through the years that I’ve been making my way slowly through since the beginning of February
  • Gator A-Go-Go by Tim Dorsey, part of his Serge Storms series that I’ve been making my way slowly through over the last few years
  • Get Shorty by Elmore  Leonard, because a couple of weeks ago, while shelf-reading at the library, I got an idea to read a few of Leonard’s books that were made into movies, and this was one of them.

Tomorrow morning, I plan on continuing with a little more journaling and meditation, and a little heavy reading with Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through The Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh. Then in the early afternoon, I’ll probably continue with Seinfeld, Leonard, and/or Dorsey.

I also have a playlist of podcasts that I’ll be dipping into on both days, including a couple that I’ll listen to with my wife:

And one of the podcasts ties in with my reading, an interview with the late Thich Nhat Hanh by Krista Tippett in September 2003. Update: Saturday morning, after I drafted this Friday night, I’ve already listened to the first podcast with a reflection on March and I plan to continue to reflect and journal on last month this afternoon. I think I’m going to listening the interview with the late Mary Oliver, again with Tippett, included in the above playlist, as I take a trip to a nearby town to grab some wine that our local store doesn’t carry.

So, how was your month of March? What are you up to this weekend?

12 thoughts on “A break from the little tedious things

  1. Your choices for reading sound like some fun light reading. Hope you enjoy.

    I got a car wash and planted some new plants in my flower boxes today. Tomorrow is church and ultimate Frisbee as always.


  2. Journaling really is a great way to reflect, escape, unwind, and spend time. Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. Taking a Sabbath from news, social media, phone calls, etc. is such a wonderful practice.

    I have read bits and pieces of the Seinfeld book and then passed in on to my son who loves stand up comedy. I loved how I could “hear” Jerry speaking every one of the bits.

    Enjoy your weekend!


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