I recently ran across this quote "I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift."
Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
I dearly love the idea of God's belly laugh. It's easy to forget to live the life we have. We often find ourselves drowning in the demands and minutia of our lives. Our kids can find that too. My youngest is now in 7th grade and the demands are crazy. I've watched him getting up at 6am and working constantly until bedtime, no time for play, no time to wind down, barely time to eat or breath. Small wonder he has had a tough year. We all need space in our lives to sing out loud, to dawdle, to waste time, to paint your chair green, to love our gift of life. So my question to you is, how do you enjoy the gift of life you have been given? How do you give your children the time to enjoy it as well. Do something today that is not productive or useful. Do something for pure joy.