Shabbos is the Ashkenazi word for Sabbath or Shabbat in Hebrew. This day is a day of rest; it is a time for reflection. As our world becomes “always connected”, time for rest and reflection is very important.
People are addicted to their cellphones, laptops, and other technologies. We constantly check our email, take phone calls at all times of the day and night, and we text and Facebook constantly. These technologies and services are important but are they that important that they consume our lives?
I want to encourage people to join me in my “Make Shabbos Personal” campaign. You do not have to be Jewish or be religious. The goal is simply to encourage people to schedule some time each day for themselves. Shut off your cellphone during lunch. Use that time to read a magazine or book, or to just reflect and relax. Keep your weekends email and Facebook free; spend time with family and friends. For the spiritual or religious person, take some time for a spiritual workout. Say a prayer, read from the Bible or other religious books, and most importantly, “live the Bible” – take time and act as the Bible tells you to live your life.
My dad always said that people are in a rush to go nowhere. Deadlines are important but so are your health, your well-being, and your quality of life. Schedule some time for yourself.
Please share your thoughts with me.