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Day 16 – Lazy Sunday

Day 16 – Lazy Sunday
Day 16 – Lazy Sunday

I enjoy Sundays. Since I work every Sunday, I’ve come to consider this day my lazy day of sorts. When I get up in the morning, around 6 a.m., the rest of the city is still tucked into their beds. There’s hardly any traffic driving around. And it is peaceful outside. I think I do my best meditating on Sundays because there isn’t a lot of noise around me, and my head noise is less as well.

When I get to work it’s also quiet. Hardly anyone is working around my area. Either no one is working that day, or everyone is out on the sales floor, and I can be alone by myself to do my work.

The other day there was an impatient woman at the gas station. We were in line for maybe 5 minutes. Maybe. But, she was in a hurry. She would stand in the line I was in, then move to the other line if she thought it was moving faster. She kept saying “this is ridiculous” over and over.

I thought to myself, if she’s in that big of a hurry here in the store, I can’t imagine how she’s driving. Scary to think about. But, that also prompted the thought of, when did we get so busy that we can’t stand in line for more than a minute? When did life get so full that we feel the need to race in our cars, only to get stopped up by the traffic light? When did time become the anchor with which we hold ourselves hostage?

I don’t know the answer to that question. I think (and this is my opinion), that instead of technology making things easier on us, it has robbed us of our lazy Sundays, or Mondays, or whatever day you choose. With the advent of technology, we can now schedule more things to do, have more events to fill our time, more gadgets to fill our homes, and more opportunities to feel rushed.

Something sobriety has taught me is, my life is precious today. I don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. I only have today. Therefore, I try not to take my life for granted. I try not to rush, but instead take things easy. No event is so important to me today that I need to drive like a maniac to get to it.

I try to stop and smell the roses, figuratively. Be aware of my surroundings. The people, or things around me. Take a moment to smile and say hi to others around me. Look at a neat tree. Look up in the morning or evening and take a moment to enjoy the moon and stars.

And, I try to find internal happiness, rather than outside gratification. I’ve learned during this time I’ve been sober that material things won’t bring me happiness. Happiness for me comes from the inside.

If you have the chance this week, slow down and appreciate your surroundings. Appreciate this life that you’ve been given. You only get one, so live it to the fullest.

Originally published January 22, 2017 – medium.com

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