CELEBRATE This Week 
Last Saturday, Sam hung his list of summer goals on the fridge. I didn’t ask him to make a list, he just did it on his own. “Why you make a list?” Jay asked.
“So summer doesn’t slip away and I don’t do the important stuff,” Sam said.
I scanned his list and was charmed by it. In the photo, I highlighted the one that gave me pause, do nothing. “Do nothing?” I asked aloud.
“That’s an important one,” Sam said. Jordan grunted a laugh.
“Seriously,” Sam insisted. “You have to take time to do nothing otherwise you won’t ever fully relax.”
“What kinds of things do you think you’ll do when you do nothing?”
Sam rolled his eyes. “I think you’re missing the point, Mom. You do nothing.”
“I’m not sure I know how to do nothing.”
Sam considered this for a moment. “Well, when we go and sit outside in the morning and watch the world go by, that’s doing nothing. When we go down to the bridge and throw rocks or walk along the bank, that’s doing nothing. When we read a book after lunch, that’s doing nothing. When I go fishing, that’s kinda doing nothing.”
I nodded. “So you slow down?”
“Yes. You have time to think.”
During the first summer as a momma, I came across a quote that still demands attention from me —
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
Today I will follow Sam’s lead and create my own Summer To Do List. May I be brave and wise enough to add do nothing to my list.
This post is part of a weekly offering to celebrate in the middle of the muddle. I hope you join the celebration!
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