// Have you ever noticed that people don’t need to be reminded to worry every day? Or to be afraid? Or to be angry? Those things come quite naturally, don’t they?
I don’t know about you, but I often find that I need to be reminded to ENJOY every day. I need that extra kick-in-the-butt to turn my attention FROM my problems to the simple fact that “I’m alive” and “the sun is shining.”
Some years ago, a friend of ours was traveling through South Africa and happened to preach at our church on Sunday morning. He preached a profoundly simple sermon called “What are you packing in your kid’s lunch today?” which radically challenged how I wake up and approach my days.
The challenge was raised… are you sending your kids to school with a sandwich and an apple, and a good dose of anger and negativity? Or perhaps some self-doubt, depression, and criticism? How about stress and insecurity?
Whoaaaaaa! Seriously? I have the power to do that?
YES, yes I do! By the manner in which I wake up and speak to my family, I HAVE THE POWER TO SHIFT THE ATMOSPHERE.
So, that started a beautiful new habit. I started packing my kids’ lunches with little cocktail napkins and hand-scrawled notes that said things like
I love you!
I believe in you!
Good luck on your test!
You can DO this!
ENJOY your day!
// What a beautiful change that made to the enjoyment factor of their school days. In fact, I remember one of them coming home and saying, “Mom, do you HAVE to send those notes? All my friends want to read them all the time!”
Haha! How cool is that? EVERYONE is hungry for encouragement and Words of Life! Everyone needs to be reminded to expect the best out of every day, and to ENJOY each moment!
I hadn’t realized just what an impact my simple love-notes had made in the lives of my kids until earlier this year. I was sending a care package to our eldest daughter in Australia, but just before I was supposed to hand it off to the generous friends who were going to carry it to her, I remembered that I hadn’t written a love note yet!
Oh no! Now what? I was in the car and had nothing with me.
I quickly scratched a message from my heart to hers using a tiny little Pitch’n Putt pencil on a crumpled McDonald’s napkin that I found in the glove compartment. Written hastily on the steering wheel, it was a sincere expression of
Love, Encouragement, and Words of Life from her mom!
And it was my crumpled little ♥ note that made her cry the most when she finally opened up the package! Everyone needs a reminder thatYou are loved! You can do this! Enjoy your day! Click To Tweet
Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word was ENJOY!
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For more information on Five Minute Friday, check out Kate Motaung’s site!