What Ever Happened to the Day of Rest?

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

Is there just no rest for the weary anymore in our society?  I would love to be able to go back to a simpler time where there was nothing to do on a Sunday but go to church and then spend time with the extended family. 

I was reminded of this in the church sermon this morning that God intended us to take a day of rest each week.  Whether it be Sunday or some other day of the week, we all need rest one way or another.  I don't know about you, but I know that I can really get burned out working seven days a week.  You can do it....for awhile....but eventually it takes a toll.  On your family, your mind, your health and your spirit.

My elders are always telling me that the world is just moving too fast these days.  There is a reason that the car dealerships are still always closed on Sundays.  Here in Iowa, it is an old law that just never got removed from the books.  At one time, nothing was allowed to be open on Sundays at all.  Everyone needed to plan ahead and get to the store during the week.  There were no "convenience" stores open if you needed an extra gallon of milk.  Everyone went to church service and then for a lunch at someone's house.  It was a day of rest, the Sabbath Day.

Remember, this is not about religion necessarily, it is about taking time out of your busy schedule and mine, to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves.  So many people are suffering from health complications like hypertension, or insomnia, because we never stop moving...we just don't give ourselves enough REST.

So, to that end, I am going to make my day of rest a day in the middle of the week.  I deserve it and I need to accept that I have my limitations.  Working 24 hours a day 7 days a week is just not working for me, how about you?

Keep smiling!




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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

Email: karenfeltman@gmail.com

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Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I think you are exactly correct. We all do need a day of rest and we do need to go to Church and see our famiies on a regular basis.

Jan 16, 2011 06:01 AM #1
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"


I hear you! I do attend church every Sunday morning but I do miss the family gatherings. I think this has alot to do with stores being open now on Sundays. I remember the days when they were not open on Sundays. Miss them.

Jan 16, 2011 06:04 AM #2
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Karen, I could not agree more.  It's a much more healthy lifestyle.

Jan 16, 2011 06:13 AM #3
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

You are right when we let commerce get in the way we loose a little of our selves.  Sometimes we have to take a position and say no to the Saturday or Sunday appointment so that we can take time  to regroup  physically or spiritually.  I  admire those that are strong in their convictions and take a stand to do no commerce on their  sabbath.

Jan 16, 2011 06:16 AM #4
Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner
Hillview Realty - Northbridge, MA

Like everything else, things change. Is it better? For some it is, for some it isn't....every person has to do what works for them....it's not just your elders talking that we are moving to fast....probably every generation said the same thing. Sometimes I just want to sit on the porch and watch the dog lie in the sun....yes I will do that when the weather turns warmer...yes I will...

Jan 16, 2011 06:18 AM #5
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


We really have to have time to relax or we all will burn out.  I take off Thursday mornings to do a tennis league and then I take off kids game schedules as much as possible, as life is too short!  

You will be thrilled you set some time aside for yourself and you will find folks that want to work with you will respect that time.  

All the best, Michelle

Jan 16, 2011 06:20 AM #6
Ted Tyrrell
RE/MAXCamosun (Chatterton) - Victoria, BC
Selling Homes in Beautiful Victoria

Karen, my wife and I take a month of rest every year. We are currently on that month of rest in southern California, where it's warm!!! We also take Sunday off and head to church in the morning where we are involved. We spend time with family on Sunday afternoon. I will also take a Thursday afternoon off and golf with realtor buddies if it is a fair weather day. Enjoy your mid-week break.

Jan 16, 2011 06:22 AM #7
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Karen - AMEN!!!  We do need to rest and 24/7 is not good for anyone.  I actually cringe whenever I hear someone in our industries (real estate/mortgage) say something silly like they are available 24/7.  PULLLEEEASSEEE!!!   GET A LIFE!!!

Although I am saying this as I sit here at an open house on a beautiful SoCA Sunday afternoon.  I don't mind working on Sundays sometimes; today has been a good day and busy.  I took yesterday off and spent time with hubby as well as spent some time on me and what I wanted to do.  I also take time off during the week to take care of personal stuff.  That's the beauty of setting our own hours and planning our own schedules.

Have a great Sunday Karen.  :)

Jan 16, 2011 09:56 AM #8
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