I haven't even had time to write them all down, all your grand ideas for FUN! But I think you'll be proud. Instead of starting with the list, I just jumped right in.
I've realized, in the past few days, that FUN! doesn't have to be elaborate. It doesn't have to be a planned adventure. It doesn't have to be anything big.
It can be as simple as taking time to braid my hair. Why is this significant?
See, I really hate wasting time. And the truth is, in all my work and ministry, in my parenting and married life, I've focused on trying to maximize every second, which, I think, might get a bit annoying. It squeezes the FUN!ness out of situations because I'm so worked up about being productive. And if an event or task or spontaneous idea didn't seem meaningful, I took it to mean it wasn't worthwhile.
But, I was wrong.
We invited some friends over to watch the Superbowl the night before the big game (a spontaneous gathering of friends was left in the comments. CHECK!) I had done no grocery store shopping for this gathering, but we made do with what we had. I didn't spend hours cleaning. Instead of being a basket case before they came, I was sitting on the couch drinking a chai latte and reading the Sunday paper. (In part because my sweet husband is on my FUN! train and he was cooking and cleaning up the kitchen as he went. Yet another reason he is my hero.)
Back to the hair. I did it just because. Just because. Just because! Why not? Let's be fun and feel cute! And while we are at it, let's pretend my favorite team is actually playing (hence, the Chiefs shirt).
I'm really throwing caution to the wind, aren't I?
But here's the thing. I was thinking about braiding my hair and my shirt. I WAS NOT thinking about the mess I'd have to clean up or if the kids were going to fight. I wasn't obsessing over the state of the downstairs bathroom. I just was.
In my being, I found my FUN!
And this, my friends, this is definitely something worthwhile.
What do you do for FUN!? I'm looking for people to write guest posts about their FUN!, to give us ideas and share your FUN! revelations. Want in? Email me or leave me a comment and I'll be in touch!
Linking up with Emily for Imperfect Prose, Jennifer Lee for #tellHisstory, Michell for DYWW, Women to Women , Sharita for Everyday Jesus, and Lyli for Thought Provoking Thursday.