You may have noticed I didn’t put any posts up yesterday. That’s because it was my day off. Well, I mean, currently every day is a day off, but for the last few years Saturday has been my day off, and it will continue to be for at least the next two years (and with a hopefully understanding Circuit beyond then too!)
In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, God rests on the seventh day. It is in relation to this idea that the rules regarding the Sabbath developed. Rest is important. We all need rest to help us live – I was reminded recently by a kids tv programme that the body can survive longer without food than it can without sleep. Our bodies, our minds, our spirits need time where they can rest, recover, recuperate. For me that time is generally on a Saturday. Over the past few years it has often involved spending time on the pitch for Warlingham RFC’s 4th XV, or going to The Rec to watch Bath play. Yesterday it involved a family shop at a local supermarket, which wasn’t (to be honest) particularly restful, and then, after lunch, a cycle ride along the River Cam with the wee one (Mrs Nomad having decided that her body needed a rest from cycling having only just started commuting by bike this week). It was a wonderful experience. The Cam is a river that clearly plays a strong part in the life of the local people. We saw scullers and rowers (I won’t just now go into the difference between sculling and rowing), other cyclists, walkers, narrowboat owners doing work to their boats, and socialisers drinking in the sunshine outside the numerous waterside pubs. There were those out doing deliberate exercise and those simply relaxing in the sunshine. And our route took us through a city green and a city common, along house-lined streets and field-flanked cycle/footpaths. At one point, at just about the far end of our there-and-back route, we watched as humanity and nature interacted as a couple of motor boats used one of the locks as they made their way down-river. Despite the (moderate) amount of energy used, I returned feeling more relaxed and refreshed than I have in a while – I think bike rides like that are one element of living in Cambridge I will most certainly love.
Of course, in the Gospels, Jesus reminds people that sticking to the Sabbath just because its part of the rules is not the point. I therefore wouldn’t encourage everyone to relax the same way as I do, or even to do it on the same day that I do – and since I’m training to do a job that requires working on a Sunday I’m certainly not of the opinion people should all have Sunday off. But I would encourage everyone to take time out of their usual routine to do something that refreshes and relaxes them – it may be doing a crossword, it may be watching the soaps, it may be going for a walk, going to a match, or playing in a match.
For me, that relaxing and taking time out also means no blogging so I can spend my time focusing on the life of my family and friends. You’ll note I’ll still tweet and use Facebook as they are less time consuming and are, for me at least, more about social interaction. So, in general, I won’t be blogging on a Saturday, and I will enjoy not doing so (even though I do enjoy blogging). When that happens you can be sure it’s not because I haven’t got something to say but because I am using my seventh day to do something different, to relax and spend time focussing elsewhere. I encourage you, on your seventh day, whenever that may be, to do the same, in whatever way you feel most appropriate.
Travel, and rest, well,