Embrace the Smallness of Tuesday
People often tend to get really excited about certain days of the week (i.e. Friday and Saturday) and dread others, like Monday. But they tend to overlook days that don’t seem significant. Perhaps those days are more significant than you ever thought, though. Emily Freeman’s new book, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World, serves as a reminder that sometimes, you just have to slow down and celebrate the smaller things in life. Freeman said that for many years, Tuesday has been an unlikely favorite day of hers. When she was in college, there was a song by Sarah Masen—appropriately titled “Tuesday”—that inspired her and reminded her of the need to pause to take a breath. Freeman knows how important it is to reflect on her reality rather than simply pushing toward the weekend.
“Because I feel like it’s important for us to see our real lives, we have to look to places that we often overlook,” she said. “And for me, that’s Tuesday.”
While Tuesday can seem like such a small day compared to those that people tend to celebrate or recognize more, it’s similar to the smallness that many individuals can feel in life. But, Freeman reminds herself often that smallness is something that should be celebrated. She hasn’t always thought this way, though. In fact, it was a conversation with a friend that sparked this reminder. She had planned on having a conversation with the intention of sharing some trouble she was facing in her life and finding some solutions. Instead, her friend invited Freeman to celebrate her smallness—an idea that she didn’t like at first.
“Over time, the phrase has been something I come back to, and I lean in to that small place,” Freeman said. “You can find yourself scrolling through Instagram and seeing others with stuff you’ve wanted, and you get that sinking feeling—that’s a small place. In that moment, celebrating my smallness means not allowing that feeling to define me and, instead, turning to Christ and walking with my friend Jesus to the next place.”
Simply Tuesday invites you to embrace the moment you’re in rather than worrying about so many other things in life. The book is broken into five different parts, and at the end of each part are “Questions for Bench Dwellers” that provide the opportunity for readers to reflect on various aspects of their lives and themselves. Simply Tuesday offers individuals some relief from comparison, hustle and the endless race many people feel they are constantly running.
“If the work we do on Tuesday doesn’t feel important to us, we’ll find ourselves slaves to comparison, forgetting compassion,” Freeman writes in Simply Tuesday. “If the people we live our lives with now aren’t sacred companions for us, we’ll find ourselves competing with everyone and connecting with no one. If our souls long for more and bigger and refuse the Tuesday way, how will we ever fully share in the life of Christ, who became less and arrived small?”
We live in a very fast-paced world. With the convenience of so much being accessible online, people have a vast amount of information at their fingertips. But, just because everything around you is operating at warp speed doesn’t mean you have to join that flow. It’s important for you to remember to take time to be still and quiet, and embrace the moments you’re given.
“I sense an impatience that used to not be there, and that really bothers me,” Freeman said. “But I don’t feel that in Jesus. We have to be intentional and purposeful about decluttering our souls. Silence is the sounds of your soul decluttering.”
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