Sunday: Selah

  • Posted on: 12 December 2015
  • By: Shawn DeWolfe

Sunday for Selah Selah is a word in Hebrew without a literal translation in English. It’s closest match is either a liturgico-musical mark or an instruction on the reading of the text, something like "stop and listen." Selah: pause, reflect, listen.

I used to dislike Sundays. It was an off-tempo day. When I was a kid, I should have been in Sunday school, or home watching lame Sunday morning TV. As I grew up, I found Sundays to be the day under the shadow of the next week. It was the high pressure day to make up for a Saturday that didn’t pan out in some regard. Whatever I tried to fashion a Sunday into, it rarely worked.

I am doing some serious life design these days. Last year, I came to the conclusion that I like routine. With my move back into consulting, I am going to devote each of my seven days in a week to a particular theme of action. To start the week: Selah.

I don’t like to rest. I liken rest to death. That said, there needs to be downtime. Sunday is going to be my Sabbath-- more than a religious observance, it’s a day with a distinct tempo. Its theme is to be peace and recovery.

What fits into the peace and recovery theme?

  • Work I want to do. No one is going to expect me to be productive on a Sunday morning. That’s a perfect time to be productive. While everyone else sleeps, I am going to put in three hours on something I want to accomplish, work-wise.
  • Brunch. When everyone else stirs, I will take that as a cue to get brunch underway: something fancy and enjoyable would be in order.
  • A walk. This morning, I began this tradition by going on a walk to buy pet food and a coffee.
  • A nice dinner. I want to make some effort at delivering a dinner than may take some effort to accomplish. That’s okay: this is a day where a pause allows for a slower pace.
  • Friends and family. I want to have time for friends and family. Tonight, I am out with family for a night of board games. Family life used to be contentious and stressful. I am in a new phase of my life where those sources of stress are out of the mix.

Last updated date

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 00:01