I’m on day four of my #lifeonpurpose journey and so far, I’ve had a lot of fun with this new challenge. Here is the recap if you need to catch up:
My goal for day three was to find a way to take a break from the day and have fun with my boys, but I couldn’t spend more than $5 and the “fun spot” had to be less than 5 miles away. So, Theo, Oliver and I headed up the road to our local bulk food store, bought a snack and enjoyed it by the pond that sits on the property. The snack was great, and getting out locally was convenient, but the best part of this excursion was seeing the look of sheer joy on Theo’s face as he interacted with (read: terrorized) the ducks. If you would have been there with us, you would have seen him hunched over, running around with his arms/wings flapping, yelling “ca-mere ducks! I’m your mommy! QUACK QUACK QUACK!”
I was reminded that kids really don’t need much to have fun. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, you don’t need to plan fancy excursions, and you don’t need to have a jam packed itinerary. Really, all you need, is to give them the space and the freedom to just be…kids.
Today was day four of my #lifeonpurpose journey. One of the main goals of this project is for me to consciously take time to focus on things that are important to me. I think that if we all made a list of what matters most to us, but then wrote down a detailed minute-by-minute timeline of how we spend our time, we would find that we aren’t great about spending time on people and things that matter. We take care of business. We make life happen. But doing the things that matter to us, that make us unique, tends to get put on the back burner.
For me, I highly value my relationships; in particular, the relationships I have with my female friends. So for day four, I carved out some time to catch up with a couple of friends, both in person, and through written correspondence.
It is easy for us to move the people that matter the most to us to the bottom of the “to do” list, because we assume they know how we feel about them. But if you constantly take care of other things, relationships, much like physical structures, tend to crumble over time without attention, maintenance and care. And yes, this takes work. But, for me, this is work that I want to make a priority, because I have some amazing friendships and I want them to stand the test of time.
If you want to read more about how I was inspired to start writing letters this summer, read my post, Treasured Words.