Mankind needs time off at regular intervals for the greatest effectivity and productivity. This is so hardwired into the system of man that it can’t really be changed. The French tried. Remember Marie Antoinette? Remember Napoleon? Remember Robespierre? These are some names associated with the French Revolution.
This revolution changed the face of Europe, and some of its precepts even made their way to the governing eccentricities of the United States constitution. But there were also aspects of the French Revolution that were downright insane. A perfect example can be seen in the ten day week.
Called the French Republican Calendar, this ten-day week was derived specifically to thwart the seven-day week as endorsed by the Bible. Unfortunately, the French soon found out that this ten-day week did not work. From the physical to the psychological level, the men and women of the countryside were not able to cope under the French Republican Calendar.
People need time to rest at regular intervals, and strange as this may seem, the most harmonious instance of rest during a weekly grind involve at least one day out of seven where no work takes place. This is a global phenomenon. There is something intrinsic to humans which requires an interval of this variety.
But that also isn’t enough. The Jewish people celebrate a number of “rest” periods associated with the number seven. Every 49 years (seven multiplied by seven), there is a “year of Jubilee”, wherein debts are cancelled, and the “land” is allowed to rest.
As it turns out, there are multiple sabbaths as well. In this culture, it was once common (and in some circles still is common) for a husband to spend his first year with his new bride sans work. Instead of a few weeks, they take a honeymoon year.
Food For Thought
As the holidays approach, our minds start to drift off and look for ways to pamper ourselves. We tend to think of random things and ways on how to feel good. We think of food, libation, either socially or frankly even to the brink of madness. Some may even think of satisfying a sweet tooth. Speaking of sweet tooth and the holidays, Sweet Services is one of the best spots to get those holiday candies and satisfy that craving. Go ahead; treat yourself. Remember that we’re trying to indulge ourselves this season. We all need and deserve it.
Whether or not you agree with these things, you’ve probably noticed, and felt the need, for regular periods of rest, relaxation, and a little indulgence. This is only natural. Nobody can continuously work for weeks, months, and years at a time. They wear down. The previous information is given to help you understand that feeling the need for a period of rest isn’t just natural, it is necessary.
So why not look into getting a little much-needed rest and relaxation? Why not go somewhere for a week and just let the stress of life effervesce away as you remind yourself why the wonder of living is something to cherish? It will be good for you, it will be good for your family, and it will even be good for your place of employment. You’ll be a better employee if you don’t feel stressed and overworked.
One region of the country where vacations are regular, but where many have yet to pursue any discovery, is the east coast. Specifically: Maryland. This state has a long history in the US, and is located in a temperate region that is relatively comfortable year-round. If you haven’t been, one of the finest locations in this state to explore is Ocean City.
Booking a trip out this way could be just the break you need, and if you haven’t been, will certainly represent a new adventure.
If you’re in the market for Ocean City boardwalk hotels, there are definitely some who “offer a variety of accommodations from spacious two room suites with fully equipped kitchenettes directly overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, to suites overlooking…indoor heated swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas…” and much more.
Rest and relaxation are integral components of life. Don’t neglect these things; the “benefits” you get by doing so will be outweighed by fatigue later on.
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