The Importance of Sundays


“The secular pleasure of Sunday morning isn’t simply one of relaxation and freedom; it’s also linked to a feeling (which might not always be very explicit) that one has the opportunity to reengage with the wider horizons of one’s life.”

The above quote from The Book of Life site is a poignant reminder of why Sundays often have a feeling of secular sacredness, and why doing anything other than what we wish to choose on that day, more than any other day, feels like such a violation of that which is and should be wholly ours.

After a long week, Sunday is one’s time to balance out the six other days when one is looking after other’s affairs, and neglecting one’s own. It is a time to not think about the goals and agendas of others, but instead focus on one’s own personal growth. Reading, writing, thinking, spending time with friends, all the things that help us make us who we are for the rest of the week, are developed on the weekends, and primarily on Sundays.

The one day never quite feels like enough.  The dusk of Sunday reminds us that Monday’s start is no longer measured in days, but hours.  It is at this time when the assessments of the day can leave one feeling accomplished and ready to face the week, or regretful of a wasted opportunity. But, Monday will come, and with it, the slow trickle of emails and needs for attention.

So treasure your Sundays, dear reader. Take advantage of the gift they are: A time for the development of You.  Not the “you” who fills a particular role during the week, but the You that sits in bed at night and thinks about your past, present and future, and what it all means.  The more time taken on Sundays for this, the better equipped you will be to face the other six days of the week when priorities change, and the importance of self takes a break until the next Sunday.

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Author: Zack Hayhurst

New Yorker enthusiast, cartoon caption contest contender, book hoarder, cultural omnivore, writer

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