Southwest Airlines' in-flight magazine, Spirit, from April of this year wrote one of my favorite articles of the year so far. If you have kids, you gotta read this. It's a perfect fit for me. Two things I love: action and lists!
ACTION - Give me a ball and I can't wait to start throwing it. Give me a game and I can't wait to start competing. My heart jumped for joy yesterday when my 6 year old boy, Kaden, said to me, "Dad, let's throw the baseball." "Yes!!", I thought to myself and gave a little fist pump in my mind. It seems like he could do it for hours. I love it. I can get lost in it. There's something very rhythmic about throwing the ball back and forth. It's soothing for my spirit, mind and body. Does anyone else feel that way? I get the same feeling with Alex - only he usually wants me to throw him football passes - especially the kind where he can dive for it! There's nothing better than connecting with my boys in this way - through action and sports. I never want it to end and I hope it never does.
LISTS - My second love. Does anyone else love lists like I do? Give me a task and I love to check it off my list. I love to make them, then sort them in my Franklin Planner and then one-by-one check them off. The only problem is, I also hate lists. Especially at the end of the day and I've only done 30% of what I planned. What happened? A typical end of the day thought in mind when I look at the low check count in my planner is: "What the heck was I thinking I could get so much done?" That's the problem with lists - they put me under pressure and they can set me up for failure if I'm not too careful.
So, what am I going to do with this list of 63 things?! I'm going to pick my Top 10 and commit to doing them this year. That's do-able. And, plus, these seem to be sensible and easy. Here are some of my favorites already:
Do Lunch - take your kid out of school and do something just the two of you during lunch hour - that's pretty cool!
Camp out - pitch a tent in the backyard.
Stuff a time capsule
Read kid classics (we're reading Prince Caspian together now)
Build an obstacle course in your backyard
Send me your Top 10 list.