Unintended Sabbath, A Peacefulness Lesson

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo
7 min readMay 11, 2022
Photo by Frank Busch on Unsplash

“On the Sabbath- we are reminded that we are not human doings, but human beings.”- Rob Bell.

I am not Jewish, but last weekend I experienced the Sabbath unintendedly. And let me tell you, it was a weirdly fantastic, exhilarating experience.

I hadn’t experienced so much peace in a long, long time man. I mean, it wasn’t a religious experience per se (although I see why you could argue that now), but a very lively and nourishing one, I felt like I hadn’t felt in ages.

Sabbath on a Sunday

So, I woke up on Sunday, absolutely late. For the last couple of days, I had been living in a friend's apartment, and man, the mattress I was sleeping on there didn’t let me sleep at all. I hate not sleeping.

The mattress is one of those memory foam ones that suck you in and gobble you inside, completely ruining your posture in the process, my friend loves his cushy mattress. And so, when I got back to my rock-firm bed, I had all the sleep I hadn’t had in a week. I woke up really late. But being a Sunday, who cares?

I felt like going for a run, and so I did. After chatting a while with my roomie, I put on my running sandals, glasses, cool shirt, and headed out. I had a minor ear infection going on as well, so it was no use taking my headphones with me, and for that matter, my cellphone, I just needed my own two feet.

I didn’t take my keys either. I thought my roomies weren’t going to go out.

But yes, you guessed it, they did go out and I had no apartment keys with me, just the building keycard.

I came back from my run, ready to have an amazing day, tried to open the door, and bang, closed the door. They went out to enjoy their Sunday, and I didn’t know when they were going to head back, it could be one hour, it could be 5 hours.


I stared at the doorknob for a couple of minutes. What in the hell am I going to do now?

I got angry at myself for being so stupid as to not take the damn key with me. Then I began to think about a quote I had read or heard in the morning about stopping bitching and instead start thinking about solutions to my problems.

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo

Mountaineer, writer, Stoic, Gryffindor.