Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time for a Little FUN!: Just Keep Singin' it, Sister

Welcome to FUN!
Here on Wednesdays, you will find a full assortment of ideas for FUN! you, too, can incorporate in your life.  Between guest posts and my own musings, we're raising a glass to enjoying life.  I hope you'll come along for the ride.  Oh, and if you have a FUN! guest post you'd like to submit, please contact me via email or in the comment section.

Here's Lyli on FUN!


When I was 16, I wanted to be Pat Benatar.  I would turn the boom box radio up to full throttle, grab my round hair brush as a microphone, and belt out the words to “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” like a pro.  There in the theater that was my bedroom, I pretended to be Rizzo in Grease (I’m not a blond, so I played the supporting role).  I spent hours on the phone chatting with my best friend about boys and movies and the mall.  Somehow, I managed to do all of this and still get my homework done. 


Now, I am 46.  I strive to be a Susie Homemaker.  I turn on my floor cleaning vacuum, grab a magic eraser, and scrub the grout on my hands and knees.  Here in the 24-hour restaurant that is my kitchen, I aspire to be Martha Stewart (Even though I am not a blond and as poised as she is, I am still the head chef).  I spend hours on the phone arguing with the insurance company about co-payments, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses.  

Sadly, I never quite manage to get everything on my to-do list done.


Time is my enemy, I think.   Life was more fun when I was 16. 

Somewhere in the space between 16 and today, I misplaced my hair brush microphone.  I think I got distracted by the dust bunnies in my living room. 

Why is that we grow up and think that “fun” is only for children and irresponsible people?   I need to reclaim my microphone.  I might not stand on my bed and belt out Pat Benatar, but I must move fun on to my weekly priority list. 

Solomon argues that God wants us to have fun and enjoy life in Ecclesiastes 9: 

Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Dress festively every morning. Don’t skimp on colors and scarves. Relish life with the spouse you love each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!

Did you hear that?  Today is a gift.   Do I want to spend it whining about the dust bunnies when I can take a long, leisurely drive with my husband instead? 

This week, turn on the oldies station and make up the words that you don’t remember.  Dance with your kids in the kitchen.  Pick up the phone and call an old friend.  Go get a manicure.   Put fun on your to-do list. 


Grab your hair brush microphone and keep singing, sister. 


About Lyli:  Lyli Dunbar enjoys road trips with her husband, connecting with women through Bible study, and reading way too many books.  She writes about life lessons and faith at 3dlessons4life.com.   A disciple, wife, educator, and mentor, Lyli is just a girl working to keep the faith day by day. 


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10 comments :

  1. Oh,Lyli, very wise words...."put fun on your to do list." Excellent!

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    1. Thanks, Jody. I had my husband proofread this post before I sent it to Jen, and he spent the next 3 days singing 80's songs around the house... :)

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  2. lyli! i just loved this. I was thinking about how I get a little un-fun this time of year -- it's the lack of vitamin D, I'm sure. But fun is a choice, and I agree, it would be irresponsible NOT to mix a little more fun into our lives.

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    1. Oh, Alyssa, I am a Florida girl, so I can't begin to imagine how hard it must be during winter. My only comparison would be rainy days. Personally, I love to lose myself in a good book when it's gloomy out, but I am not sure everyone would consider that fun.

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  3. I just LOVED this. I'm in need of some FUN and you have me inspired. Thank you, Lyli. Thank you, Jen, for hosting Lyli at your place. What a great idea for a series. Such fun. :)

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    1. Yay! I am so glad that you are inspired. Consider fun part of your marching orders during your man's deployment. xoxo

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  4. Does humming count?

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    ps, I think Magic Erasers are fun.

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    1. Yes, Glenda... esp if you tap your foot at the same time.

      p.s. -- They are truly magical, aren't they? :)

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  5. I really like that the fun things you pick to do are so simple. I have had the most fun dancing with my kids in the kitchen. As they've gotten older we never do it anymore! Have to change that.
    http://lauraconnell.com/jesus-take-the-wheel-linkup/

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    1. Laura, I have a co-worker who dances with her son in the kitchen every evening. When she told me about it, I thought about how wonderful that tradition was. A little celebrating is good for the soul.

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