What is Sunday like at your house? The day we are suppose to rest, rejuvenate and regroup.
What does your day of rest include? Do you go to church, enjoy the day at home, or
visit with friends and family? When I was a little girl, we always went to church and often after church we would go eat at my Grandmother’s. If we didn’t go eat at my grandmothers, we would end up there by the end of the day. Both of my grandparents lived very close to us so many Sundays we would visit both sets of grandparents. There were always cousins to play with and good food to eat. As an adult, I don’t live near my family so I miss that tradition. I grew up in a large family and as an adult haven’t had family living around me and rarely even have family visit. The rest of my family live fairly close to one another so they see each other and eat together through out the year. We see them on holidays and in the summer when we are at the beach. Many of the traditions that were part of my childhood have no longer been part of my adulthood. Has that been the same with you or has life afforded you the same pleasures? For years, I felt empty and lonely on Sundays and couldn’t figure out why. It wasn’t until I identified that I was missing my childhood Sundays that I was able to put a finger on how I was feeling. I can’t have those Sundays with my side of the family but my in-laws live fairly close to us, so we started having them over every Sunday night for dinner. My children look forward to this as much as I did the traditions of my youth.
That’s when I realized, that in life we don’t always get what we want ,so we have to look for ways to be happy with the life that we have been dealt. Are there things from your childhood you miss? Are these things something you want for your own children? If so, find your way to recreate the experiences you enjoyed for your own family in your own way.
It’s all part of living authentically.