Friday, October 14, 2011

A Weekend Mission

The other day I was driving along in my hot red minivan, second only to the shower as a nursery for new ideas. As I often do, I mused on how often it's just a hairline that separates disgruntlement from contentment. A hairline known as "giving thanks for all things ... and especially the small things."

It's easy to see what's wrong in our lives. What's missing -- especially if other people have it.

It's easy to think, "I'm tired. I'm not motivated. I'm not creative. I'm not ..." [insert excuse here for simply curling up in a ball of monotony].

Speak for yourself, you may be saying. If that's your case, congratulations! No need to finish reading this brief post. Go torch yourself some creme brulée or paint a harlequin pattern on your back patio, like my former next door neighbor once did.

But in case you find yourself in need of a sweet little kick in the pants now and then, will you join me for a few simple weekend missions? Nothing will require much investment of time or money, but perhaps they'll help us celebrate the beauty in the life we already have. I promise to execute the mission myself and report back. I'd love to hear from you if you do!

My Weekend Mission #1: Go for a walk in the neighborhood, preferably alone. No cell phones allowed, but cameras encouraged. (Cell phone turned to silent mode is okay if that's your only camera.) Breathe deeply. Notice what's registering with each of your senses. Give thanks for them. Take photos of five things that inspire you. Or, if you're without a camera, write down or draw five things when you return home.


"Come and see what the Lord has done. 
He has done amazing things on the earth." 
- Psalm 46:8


  1. Great idea! I'll try and remember to do this. :)

  2. I'm often in the "I'm not" way of thinking and feeling. Thank you for the simple reminder to be "in the moment" during a lovely walk and to be thankful for the many things we take for granted.
    Just love how you put thoughts into words! Thank you. xo

  3. I love this! I actually started doing this last year...with the camera especially. For me it's a major destressor since I'm being forced to be creative for school. anyways. love cameras + walks. they're also good with a dog. :)

  4. I've been thinking about how I need to get out and walk and take pictures to do this with the kids I'm not sure, and somehow I can't get off the couch or bed when my husband is home to watch the kids so I can get out by myself, but I need to especially before my baby is born next month...walking really helped me prepare for my other two and get my mind focused. Thanks for the reminder to be in the moment and take in life that we have so much to be thankful for.