When we moved to Canada, a rest day became a thing of the past. This was not the first time in my life that the days, Sundays to Saturdays, melded into one. As a student in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), not only were the days of the week insignificant, so were holidays such as Easter and Christmas Day.
I remember being quite rebellious the first couple of years and refusing to attend classes on Christmas Day. That soon changed and by my fifth year at the Kiev State University, I was sitting in an exam room responding to the professor’s questions on dialectics. The furthest thing from my mind were eggnog and my famously delicious Jamaican Christmas cake. A rest day became irrelevant.
A Set Rest Day?
For all my working life in Jamaica, there was never an employer who had me scheduled to be on the job on a Saturday or Sunday. Yes, as a public relations executive, there were clients, mainly those in politics, whose agenda impinged on my rest day but not every week or even month.
Many things changed when we migrated to Canada over 13 years ago and one of them was the notion of a particular rest day. This was, and largely remains so, especially true for new immigrants trying to settle in, adapt and build a new life in a new home. Of course there are religious accommodations made and if you are a devout member of a particular faith that disallows you from working on say a Saturday or Sunday, then you could make that known to your employer. However, this might have an impact whether you got the job or not, although it is against the law to discriminate (and it would be considered as such) based on religion, race, etc. It happens nonetheless.
Would you argue with an employer whose business is open seven days a week that he/she could only select persons who are available on any given day?
Sabbath Or Pay Cheque?
It is one of those many personal decisions you have to make when you migrate to a country that has cultural practices that are at variance to what you were born and bred into. It becomes a personal choice whether you adapt, adjust, assimilate and at what pace and to what extent. A day of rest on a particular and set time or a pay cheque becomes a real question for many.
Thirteen years later, the choice is simple for me – pay cheque. No, it is not that I have become a mercenary or have lost my culture. What I have learned and adapted to where it comes to a rest day is that I can be and I am faithful everyday of the week. No matter where I might be physically, “pray without ceasing” is real for me. As a non churchgoer for years now, if scheduled to work on what would normally have been my Sabbath, a Sunday, I would be there.
Actually, my rest day has changed to hours of rest. Although my full-time employment is Mondays to Fridays only, every day is a working day for me. Being also full-time blogger and social media content curator, my work is round the clock, seven days a week. A rest day is something of my past. What I now do is carve out hours of rest between my regular waking hours of 4:30 a.m. to my bedtime around 11:00 p.m. My longest period of rest are now Friday evenings, when it is all systems shut down; my laptop and Tablet are off and my phone is on “will respond to priority callers only.” My posts are few, scheduled and automated.
When Is Your Rest Day?
A day of rest is important for every one. Did you see the recent news that Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work week? Personally, that would not affect my way of operating but such a schedule might very well work for you. The bottom line is this: each of us has to make choices, balance our work/home life and adapt our cultural and other practices to meet our financial and family needs.
Today on Blab
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Will you be joining me for a chat later today on Blab? My friends and I will be discussing how to let go of those things and people who are no longer serving your highest good, including supporting your need for a rest day or even a few hours. Go to this link at 6:00 p.m. Eastern today and watch the live stream, post your questions and I will be happy to share my thoughts. It would be great to meet you!
Either way, have a blessed Saturday, especially if it is your rest day.