I have a pathetic history of dreaming up big things like, “This Christmas will be different! We’ll learn about Advent and the Jesse Tree and serve at soup kitchens and give to the poor and make cookies for the neighbors and sing Christmas carols to old people and celebrate the TRUE meaning of the season and not give in to the rush and craziness and materialism and exhaustion!”
And then failing miserably and feeling like a loser.
I do the same thing with summer vacation. “This summer we will read hundreds of books and plant a huge garden and get to know our neighbors! And host 30 cook-outs and learn multiplication facts and de-clutter our entire home and get out of debt and write five e-books and learn to speak Khmer fluently before we go to Cambodia!”
I’m done with that. It’s high time I learned how to bite off just enough so that I can chew comfortably with my mouth closed. Figuratively speaking. Well, literally would work too.
Summer 2011 Goals:
1. Enjoy my family.
2. Enjoy our community.
3. Enjoy God’s creation.
Ahhhh, I feel the rest and relaxation washing over me already. This doesn’t mean I’m not going to attempt anything big or crazy, but the pressure’s off.
Kind of. Because, truth be told, ENJOYING isn’t one of my strong suits. I’m good at doing and working and scurrying and writing. To really ENJOY something, you’ve got to sloooooow down and make PEOPLE a priority over PROJECTS. And stuff like that.
So, see? I have my work cut out for me after all.
What are your summer goals?