We protect Sunday's for time withfamily. It is so easy to say "yes" to outside requests on Sunday. Saying "no" became a necessity when my husband was working six days a week to run our own business and we were down to one income. It took me years to get out of my old working routine, with the weekend starting on Friday, and going until the end of Sunday.
I continued to plan my time the same way I did well into our marriage, and long after it was working.
I resented my husband working so much and wanted to retain the patterns that had long suited me.
It turned out that having my husband's schedule being what it was, was a great teacher. It forced me to realize we only had a small amount of time together as a whole family and to make the most of it. This soon rose to the top of my priority list and I was starting to make decisions that supported it.
I was learning how to say"no" in the interest of my family's health and my well being as well.
Some may look in on my life and say "poor Kim, has so little family time." On the contrary, we have learned to make the most of the time we do have together. It is valued time and not easily squandered on other activities and commitments. We think twice when making commitments and have learned to put a high value on our time together.
We have become aware that connection as a family is very important, something to be protected and thus do not easily take it for granted.
We chose the life of owning our own business, living on one income and having one parent home to raise our children and this is how we have made the best of a demanding schedule, with our peace of mind in tact. We protect Sunday's to make the most of our time together. It feels like a return to the biblical day of rest in times gone by.
Our home becomes our oasis and the place we choose to connect. Then as the week approaches we are confident knowing our spirits, hearts and bodies are ready for another full week ahead.
Protecting Sunday's has been one more lesson on the journey to being unbusy on purpose.
Getting unbusy on purpose has been a process. I'm here to share some of what I have learned and the tales of its making.
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