This year renovations were on our to do list. Lots of them. As a result, we needed
to invest our time and money into the home. What
happened was the unexpected decision to stay home for most of the summer and not
do all the day camps we had done in years past. It felt like jumping off a cliff
into the oblivion of keeping kids occupied, stimulated and active. What I
discovered was we ended up having a wonderful and relaxed
We did lots of activities close by, met with friends
and did a whole lot of exploring right in our back yard. Our climbing tree was a
star performer with the kids spending hours a day creating imaginative
playgrounds in her branches. They were thrilled each time we found a new berry
on our bushes, tomatoes on our plants or squirrel racing through our
I kept thinking they would nag me for more, but it
turns out they were quite satisfied with the experience of less doing and more
being. Collectively our minds quieted and our senses were enhanced. Each day was
a trip into the unknown, with no plans but a desire to follow what wanted to
unfold. We were in harmony with one another and content to relax into the lazy
days of summer.
Sleep ins, big breakfasts and regular trips to the farmers markets made for a
delightful experience of summer. Our home became our
oasis and we lived each day as if we were enjoying life in a remote cabin.
I was amazed to discover the ease of living this way. I
find myself wishing for more summer rather than praying for school to start. We
got out of the rat race and loved it. No packing for big trips, counting the
days to escape our lives. No coming, going, then going again. We stayed still
this year and look forward to other kinds of adventures life will bring in the
future. What we discovered is our kids became much closer to one another, we had
the time to learn how to work together harmoniously, and our home has come into
order as our spirits had a chance to rest.
The experiment worked and we discovered that who we are, and what we do is enough
for love to thrive and bloom
Getting unbusy on purpose has been a process. I'm here to share some of what I have learned and the tales of its making.
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