Sum-up Saturday

May I have the drum roll, please? After all, it’s an auspicious event: We’re launching a new day.

Now, sadly (or not, depending on your disposition) we’re not actually adding a day to the week. On the one hand, no one will have more time for work as a result of this launch (Hurray!); on the other, no one will have more time for leisure (Boo!). Instead, we’re adding a new purpose to an existing day.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce . . .

Sum-up Saturday!


“What is this new purpose?” you ask suspiciously, still wondering about that whole “more work” thing. Just this: To sum up our preceding week. The good news? We don’t need to be good at math, or even at arithmetic, to do this sum.

For golfers, it’s like assigning a smiley face to the hole just completed, rather than counting up all the strokes. It’s not a score, it’s a feeling.

For photographers, it’s like focusing on one tiny thing, rather than trying to include everything in a filled-to-overflowing scene. It’s not a scientific survey, it’s a poem.

For kids in school, it’s like stopping on the way out on Friday to say to the teacher, “What I liked about this week was . . .”, rather than thinking about the terrible, terrible, terrible things that also happened that week. It’s not a performance review, it’s a thank-you note.

For me, this week, it’s like using a work-related social-media site to publicly acknowledge a stranger for his generous response to my oddball request for a branded mug (outdated after a corporate merger and name change) whose logo reminds me of my grandmother’s initials, rather than letting one week flow into the next in an undifferentiated–and unappreciated–jumble.

Sum-up Saturday isn’t about analytical appraisals, careful computations, or diligent determinations. It’s about seeing reasons for feeling gratitude, and then expressing it.


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11 Responses to Sum-up Saturday

  1. Shivers of delight! Thank you for sharing them!

  2. A touch of humanity!!

  3. Jim Taylor says:

    You did the same for me with that “Majic” coffee mug a couple of years ago. (I had to type “majic” three times to get the auto-correct to accept it.) I suppose one good urn deserves another.

    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim T – Well, I guess that’s true (another example of “what goes around” perhaps?). (For those not in the know on this, I found an outdated promo item from Majic 100 – an old radio station in Ottawa – for someone Jim knew whose surname was Majic.)

  4. Barbara Carlson says:

    Sum-up Saturdays. 😀
    Hard to know which day is Saturday, tho. Days blend, and “feel” like a Monday, when it’s Sunday. Being retired, and/or self-employed, every day can be a sum-up Saturday if you want.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Even better! There are those who say we should practice daily gratitude . . .

  5. Judith Umbach says:

    If I feel rushed, I finish the day with “three blessings”. Think about three blessings during the day. Long lists not allowed, similar to your photography idea.

  6. Jim Taylor says:

    Judith, if you can’t think of “three blessings” — some days CAN be exceptionally difficult — try just taking three deep breaths. Feel the outside coming inside; feel the inside being set loose.

    Jim T

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