Sundays: What To Do When You Want To Do Everything?

Sundays are magical to me. They are the rainbow after a rainstorm, crocuses in Spring, caramel on a Sundae; they are cheese fondue, hazelnut chocolate, creme broulee. They are bright and sparkling and all mine. They are days of rest, days of alone time, days to catch up, days to get out running or be with friends, days to dream, days of faith, days to meander, putter, or fill with activity.

What can I say? I LOVE SUNDAYS. My work week is Tuesday to Saturday. Sunday is the beginning of my weekend. I work at a lovely, fun, social, interactive and community-focused public library. When you work in a creative, book-filled public space in a vibrant community, energy is constant: energy we are giving out, energy we are taking in and absorbing, energy that sparks and spurs us on in creative ways. Also, through my week, I am involved in my community house activities, running group, and other social-creative avenues like blogging, all which are life-giving and bring joy.

However, when I wake up on Sundays, as an introvert (with a capital I) who needs downtime to process so many emotions, thoughts, and a very large inner life, and I wake up warm in my cozy duvet, sun shining through my curtains, and my cat nuzzling and murmuring at my door, and I realize I am not in any rush to get up, and the day lies ahead of me like the green fields of a magical Hobbit adventure, I am quite honestly elated: excitement, relief, happiness, and most of all, plans! So many plans. Once the quiet sleepiness wears off, I want to do everything. And nothing. And all that lies between.

I would give anything for more time.

Time to me is the most precious commodity we have. If there was a way to buy extra time in a 24-hour-day, I would invest in that. And while I love my week job, I always dream and long for more time off, longer weekends, days with more hours. Over the next  several hours, for example, I will be blogging, running some hills, going to music practice, joining my Sanctuary London community this evening… it’s do-able in the time that I have.

However, at any given moment, if I had more hours in the day, here are all the other things I’d love to fit in somewhere: finish editing another photo shoot, take my camera on a walk, write the poems that are always living in my head, sit down with my newest Mary Oliver poetry collection, work on my social media accounts as they pertain to my blog, follow up and comment on so many happy and sad stories on Instagram right now, including the family grieving their beautiful three-year-old Alby, spend time with animals (horses, goats, dogs), check in with my friends who I know are struggling with anxiety and loneliness, work on my newest online course (details to come), spend more time running, add songs to my running play list, prepare some breakfasts ahead for the coming week, do laundry, plan my flights to BC for May, finish sorting files and setting up my office space, declutter some drawers, lacquer my side table, get pine shelves for my neighbour next door, nap with my cat, start knitting a new scarf in some soft grey wool, take a road trip to Pelee Island and the Lake Erie summer driving route from beach to beach, and so many other places I want to see, and above all, find some hours to just sit, stare out the window, watch the clouds, pray and dream and relax my mind. Also, time to love myself, time to love others, time to hope, time to fight for things I believe in. And time for wonder.

I want to do all this today. All now. All at once. I love all of these ideas, and I feel passionate about doing each of them. But where to start? To do all this would likely take about 60-80 hours or more. I have about eight to ten hours in one Sunday. I am so grateful for the time I have. And I still dream for more.

So how do we make the most of every minute, and also take it slow and savour every minute? How do we live in slow motion when the world spins around us and there is so much to do? How do we not miss out, and also purposely miss out, so that we have the time with ourselves we need? Please comment below if you want to share your own ideas or experiences. For now, what I know for sure, is that he hills are awaiting my running, the music practice is awaiting my participation, and my friends are awaiting my presence this evening at church, just as I am awaiting them.

I am lucky. I am blessed. There is at least enough time in this one moment to recognize how much.


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Some stories from home, some from travel adventures (usually in autumn), some happening in community, friendship and faith, and some about the vulnerable, lonely and excluded. To honour them because they have changed me for the better and taught me how to love more fully and be loved more fully. Some days are great, some good, some not always good. But overall, it's been a beautiful journey so far, and I feel more like myself every day. -- Debra, writer / photographer / blogger / traveller

12 thoughts on “Sundays: What To Do When You Want To Do Everything?

  1. I totally resonate with wishing there was more time for things! I would say just prioritize what is most important (which it sounds like you have!) and then just get crackinโ€™! From a spiritual perspective, this post made me think, and hope, that after this life there will be time for everything! It also brings some acceptance for some of the things I canโ€™t accomplish or at least helps with the prioritization ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I love the weekend too! Enjoy the rest of yours!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Ashley, and for sharing your comments! I love your thoughts on the spiritual perspective. I have many imaginations of what after this life will look like, but Iโ€™ve never thought about how there might be time for everything. Slower pace, no rushing, etc. Love that idea. Also, yes, acceptance helps. I am starting to name on main goal a week to get done, instead of aiming for many things I can never accomplish. Good luck!

  2. Oh Debra– so much to respond to here– what a beautiful post! First, love Sunday here too. We do morning church and it sets my heart right for a usually quiet day. And– I so agree that Time is the most valuable commodity. It would be lovely to stretch the empty days we have… And– loved loved your List! I guess that’s the silver lining of this whole thing– you have so many and such varied interests! Your life is full in the best sort of ways. And– where are you going in BC?? We are traveling to Vancouver in a couple weeks! Have never been there, but am studying my travel guide and really excited to be in such a beautiful city! OK, so I’m praying and hoping you have a sting of wonderful blessed Sundays ahead. And especially this Sunday of Easter. Do you celebrate with family?? Is there a special service at church? Loved your posts, so glad you’re back. God bless you Debra. xo

  3. Loved your post Debra. Time is so very precious. When I retired last year I thought – FINALLY! – I get to do ALL the things. I was in for a big surprise. There is still not enough time to do everything I want. I still have to choose between activities and prioritize what I most want to do. For sure I have more time for my favourite things than when I was working but even at this stage of life time has to be used wisely.

    1. Hi Sue, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, that means a lot. I hear you–I have had other retired friends tell me the same thing. That even when retired, there is still not enough time. I know it will be the same for me someday when I retire. I’m glad you have more time to do the things you love, and hope you will still find time for the rest. Isn’t it still nice to dream about all the things we hope to ‘someday’ do? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This is beautifully written Debra. Love the description of the energy in your workplace. It is that giving out and taking in and absorbing that makes us for who we are.
    It is a long weekend here, and I am so grateful for that little bit of extra time to read some blogs right now. I’ll go out to a Good Friday service, which is important to me and then looking forward to a long run in the afternoon.
    Every moment is beautiful. I am up here in Ontario, Canada and one place I still yet have to go to is Pelee Island. In different times of the year, the concentration of migratory birds is said to be amazing. Enjoy both BC and your road trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I am incredibly grateful for your comments here Carl. Thank you. It means a lot. As a newer blogger, these words from followers encourage me. Glad to hear you resonated with that giving out and flow of energy, and also I agree with you–every moment is beautiful, and in running I am so present-moment aware and appreciating the world in so many new ways. I am in Ontario too, and you’ll have to let me know if you go to Pelee Island. I hope to hit that migratory bird time. Thanks for your wishes for my trips as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Easter! I am on my way for an Easter Friday run right now. Wish me luck.

      1. Hoping your Easter Friday run went well.
        It is my pleasure to drop in and share a comment. You are an excellent writer. And your genuineness and sincerity will draw people to your blog. You are doing everything so well Debra. You drop by other blogs, read their posts, follow and leave a comment. (like you did with my own blog). It is a lot of work, but it does pay off. Not everyone will follow back, but on the positive I have had so many amazing friendships that have come about. An example is a trail marathon I will be running on May 19th an hour and a half south of Rochester, New York. A Christian runner who I have never met has invited me down to run this with him. And I can’t wait. God bless, have a wonderful Easter Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Time is so precious. A friend of mine who lives in Australia (but grew up in London) is coming to visit her family this summer and I will get a few short hours with her. As someone who has lost family members I have learned to cherish time and moments shared.

    1. Those hours will mean everything, and I wish you could have longer with your friend. Also, yes, lost friends and family members mean recognize the briefness of life. May we all hang onto our loved ones a little tighter. Thank you for stopping by and for commenting!

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