Ahhh, the weekends aren’t what they once were… Sleeping in until 11am in a thing of the past in my home. Lazing around the house in pajamas and marathon watching movies is no longer a reality with three boys underfoot. While I love the chaos and excitement of the weekend and the adventures that often accompany it, stepping back enough to see the bigger picture of life often doesn’t happen. Parents aren’t the only ones struggling to reclaim the weekend. It is so easy to fill our time with commitment after commitment that keeps us running without time to reflect or step back.
Let’s be honest, it isn’t just a weekend problem. The reality is that the routines of life keep us moving at a break neck speed through days, weeks, months, and years. The well known saying of “you can’t see the forest for the trees” might as well be “you can’t see life’s blessings through through the traffic, the yard work, the laundry lists….” Our focus is set so intently on the tasks we must do that we are unable to notice what God is doing in our midst.
My hope with these weekly posts of “broadening the view” is that by hearing the voices of others we will step back a little from the chaos and recognize the gifts. There are all sorts of downsides to social media, but one beautiful gift is that we have access to the voices of so many inspiring individuals.
So as you proceed through the whirlwind of the weekend, I hope you will find time to step back a little by listening, reflecting, and appreciating the gift of the voices below. Happy Weekend to you!
This week’s focus continues on the idea of embarking on change and dealing with the twists and turns in life. Change is inevitable, every day includes transition of some sort. Learning how to embrace the highs and lows can result in great blessings.
Anne Lamott on how to start a new thing
Anne Lamott is an author that inspires me. She speaks truth in a vulnerable and authentic way. She acknowledges the tough side of life while focusing on the beautiful that exists in between. This link is to a Facebook post where she reflects on getting started and owning where you are.
The Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
So this isn’t an internet read, but this book has been an obsession of mine for a year or so. I consumed it intitially, completely unable to put it down and bugging my husband with random tidbits that blew my mind. Even after finishing it, I have found myself referring back to it on a regular basis. I have applied what I learned to our ministry at church, to parenting, and to establishing other healthy changes in my life. I think it will be a favorite for a long time and I look forward to reading more from these brothers.
Labyrinths have been a spiritual practice for centuries. At first glance they look like mazes, but instead of hitting dead ends there is one constant path that twists and turns. I love the symbolism of labyrinths. You can see where you want to go, but the path there is so much more complicated than expected.
Walking labyrinth can be a great meditation process. This website will help you locate labyrinths all over the world. For example, putting in my location it shares that there are two labyrinths to walk in Billings, one is at a Presbyterian church there (I have walked this one!).
Finger Labyrinth Meditation
If physically getting to a labyrinth to walk isn’t feasible, I have found handheld or makeshift lawn labyrinths to be meditative and life giving as well. This site share a bit about labyrinths in general, but at the bottom has a list of great resources and ideas of how to make your own labyrinths and incorporate children into the practice.
I hope these resources help you to step back and see God in the midst of your life transitions. Blessings on your weekend!