Friday, November 19, 2010

Start the Weekend off Right

For most of us, the workweek may as well be spent with track shoes on. From the moment our alarms go off on Monday, through the kids soccer practice on Tuesday, and the ballet lessons on Thursday, how do we manage to find time for the dentist appointment, to talk with the kids math teacher; and, oh yeah, get some work in there too.

When the weekend comes, it seems like the whole world gives a huge, collective sigh of relief. But really, our all too often our weekends are just as hectic as the work week. We’ve got to mow the lawn, wash the car, do the grocery shopping, go to the kids game, wash the laundry, fix the broken screen door, and somehow still have time for the game. Oh, and don’t forget the relatives that are coming over for dinner on Sunday night.

How did we ever get so crazy? Even more important, how are we ever supposed to find time for each other in the midst of all this busyness?

Day 34 – I’d like to suggest to you that you and your wife form a new family tradition; one of starting the weekend of right. Take Friday night and make it yours. I know, there are a million other things to do; but this one is more important; we all need to invest time into our marriages.

It doesn’t really matter so much what you do in the time that you reserve for yourselves, what’s important is that you have that time. In fact, it’s so important, that I think you should put it in your planner, just like any other appointment. That doesn’t mean that you can never accept a dinner invitation on Friday nights, it just means that you only accept it if you both think it’s important enough to sacrifice your time together.

Friday nights don’t have to be expensive, but they have to be exclusive; it’s exclusively for the two of you. If you go out to eat, make the kids eat pizza. If you go to the park, to take a walk and throw bread at the ducks, don’t bring the kids with you. If you just sit over a cup of coffee and talk, make sure it is in a place where you can be alone. Oh, and, be sure to turn your cellular off.

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