Do you know the song “Raise Your Glass” by Pink? Here is a quick listen to it to refresh your memory: https://youtu.be/XjVNlG5cZyQ
When my older two were little, they assigned parts of this song to people they knew, and I was “Why so serious”. It was kind of a gut punch — I’m the one who hauled the family to the Llama festival at the local Radha Krishna Temple. Who initiated pizza in the drive through car wash? Me! I am the one who comes up with ideas for date nights each month. Most of the activities we do are planned by me as well.
The introduction to our book this month (Born to be Wild; rediscover the freedom of fun by Jill Baughan), pinpoints what I think my problem is:
. . . we’ve almost forgotten how to have the kind of fun that was so easy to have when life was a lot simpler, before we lost and found so much.
I thrive on doing things well. I like to have projects going. However, this is not very conducive to being fun — my brain is half on the newest thing I’m working on all the time. Being mindful and present in the moment is something I have to work hard at.
Taking a look at this month’s goal in relationship: In order to build better relationship with my kids, I will accept three challenges from Jill’s book and do them with my kids by April 30, 2020 (Book: Born to Be Wild by Jill Baughan) Proverbs 31:28
Blessing in disguise
You know, the quarantine is actually a blessing this month. I’m teaching from home and having to learn how to set boundaries for work and schedule play. Fun looks different this month anyway, so we are going to have to get creative. I’m looking forward to having fun, being present in the moment, and learning more about my kids this month.
Today (April 6, 2020) is the first day of our Spring Break. We are going to sit down to write up all the things we want to do. I’m going to work on being more spontaneous instead of always scheduling fun (could that be part of why I’m serious even when I’m trying to be fun?).
What stops you from having fun? Leave me a comment below, and we will work together to bust up the “serious” rut we have somehow gotten into!
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