OK, so the picture isn’t too good.
Ren Man not thrilled I was intruding on our reflection time with picture taking, but you get the idea.
Every Friday Ren Man leaves work early (really early given he works till 8 most nights), the Tornado & I bake buy challah, and the three of us meet at home for some reflection time.
Being raised JewISH Ive some recollection of lighting Shabbat candles but not much (sorry mom. is it my memory? did we light them frequently?).
In a way, since life was so much s-l-o-w-e-r thirty years ago, it’s almost as though the unplugging brought on by Friday night wasn’t as crucial.
Now I find that I look forward to Friday evenings & our version of observing the Sabbath *all week long.*
Sure we say the Sabbath prayers.
Yes we take extra time to *specifically* say what we are most thankful for during the past week.
More than anything, however, we unplug as a family.
No phones. No email/texting/tweeting. No TV.
(I now tend to carry this practice through the weekend as well. I mostly ignore save work emails until monday morning. I used to read messages & just not answer till monday, but found the frazzle associated with even *that* diminished my unplugjoyment)
Id begun to take the Sabbath experience for granted/as habit until a friend recently asked me about it.
As I yammered excitedly to her on Skype I realized how important this time is to me & how we all have our own ways of unplugging we just refer to them by different names.
So that’s my question for you this Friday.
Do you make an effort to have a specific amount of UNPLUGGED time each week?
Do you bracket off a certain period of time *daily* where no one can reach you by electronic means?
Or have you found, as many have, that being constantly available/in touch serves to energize & not deplete you?
Please to hit us all up in the comments (and, to my Jewish readers, Shabbat Shalom).