My daughter’s 8th Grade Formal is coming up this weekend. It is a fancy and fun dance, but more than that, it is a celebration of the end of middle school and the ushering in of high school. After getting all dressed up, we normally go up to our club and take pictures of all the teens before they go off to the dance. This year there is an event going on at the clubhouse, so my daughter and I went out to find another spot for pictures. We were thinking about going to a pretty field near our house, but as we passed it, we realized that amid all of the spring rain and renewal it had become overgrown and was no longer accessible to us. Looking into that tangled mass of new, green leaves and weeds I was reminded that a path only remains one by being exercised, tended to and cared for. Our lives so closely mimic that of the path in the woods. There are moments of clarity in our minds where we set out to forge new paths, or reconnect with old paths, or struggle to stay on the same path! It could be a New Year’s Resolution, a commitment for Lent, an academic or athletic goal as you enter high school or trying to stay the path you are on when obstacles try to crowd the way. Some of our mental paths take form and settle into our daily walk of life. Some get overgrown with weeds and obstacles and end up being unusable. A single footstep doesn’t make a path and a single step in your mind’s path doesn’t make a life. Is there a pathway in your mind or heart that needs tending? Go there once and again and a clear walkway will begin to form. There is incredible beauty in beginning! The first step, the first breath, the anticipation of what’s to come… Eventually what once seemed impossible becomes possible and real. Is there a pathway in your mind that is already there? A well-worn comfortable place that you go back to again and again, like sinking into your favorite chair at the end of a busy day? Either way, repeating over and over our intentions with our thoughts and our actions will lead us down the path we are setting, as long as we tend to it, care for it and exercise it regularly. Grab your boots and hat and take a walk, one step at a time down that path!
On Saturday night, at midnight, it will be time to change the clocks for daylight savings time. Spring forward, move ahead, move along, keep on moving… We are moving forward so fast that we actually lose an hour before we even wake up. I decided that on Saturday, I am going to try and concentrate on that “extra” hour that I have on Saturday but I won’t have on Sunday. What is it you would do with your “extra” hour on Saturday?
take a nap
wake up early
read a book
knit a gift for someone you love
go for a bike ride
dance your heart out
play a game with your kids
sing in the shower
pray for your family
lounge over a cup of coffee
visit a neighbor
linger over a glass of wine
grab a yoga class
call a friend that you haven’t talked to in a while
write a note to someone that you have been thinking of
The possibilites are endless–What a gift an hour can be!
Happy Saturday and happy springing into spring!