I’m a planner by nature but one thing I haven’t been very good at in the past has been planning my vacation days. I’ve tended to hoard them only to use them for no particular reason in November and December.
Not this year! I’m going to be intentional on what days I take off and use some of them this Summer. A little planning now will go a long way towards making this the best Summer ever!
To start I’ll have our family make a list of fun things to do that aren’t time or date sensitive. These are things we could do anytime like having a backyard fire with friends, going fishing, getting together with family for a BBQ, or spending the day at a park or beach. There are so many things we could do! This list will go on the refrigerator as a constant reminder of things we want to do.
Next, we’ll research fun events going on in the area this Summer. Triple A baseball games, local town celebrations and parades, anything that looks like good family fun. These things we’ll put on the calendar. We won’t actually have to do them later if we don’t want… but if they’re on the calendar they have a better chance of happening.
Armed with the two lists of things our family wants to do this Summer I’ll then be able to see where I might best use some vacation days.
What are some things your family enjoys doing in the Summer?
I took my oldest daughter to the doctor recently. Her appointment was later in the day and there were two employees checking people in. Two different people doing the same job but going about it with different attitudes.
One smiled and dispensed pleasantries. The other had a permanent scowl on her face and talked it short staccato sentences. I wasn’t the only one who noticed. As we sat there waiting my daughter leaned over and whispered, “Someone’s kinda cranky!” Scanning the room you could tell on other’s faces they noticed it too.
It was interesting to see how fellow employees left her alone but spoke and laughed freely with the friendlier check-in person.
Even more interesting was how when both were free that people who had just entered the office tended to gravitate to the nicer employee. Just a quick look at the facial expressions and body language guided them away from negativity.
Perhaps the angry employee had a really bad day. Maybe things at home weighed on her mind. There could be a million different reasons for not being the most chipper person in the world.
I’m not here to judge. Just sharing some observations and taking mental notes for the next time I’m not having the greatest day. Maybe I’ll look back on this and try to turn my attitude around or at the very least do my best to fake it!
Which employee were you today… and which one will you be tomorrow?
The verse I chose for this week is one I’ve heard hundreds of times. Maybe you have too… but this week I’m looking at it in a different context. That verse is Psalm 19:14 (NRSV) which says:
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Pretty much the only time I’ve heard this verse, or a variation of it, has been by a Pastor before preaching a sermon. It fits to say it there and makes sense.
But if you take that verse out of the Church service and apply it to life it also makes a great early morning prayer to say as you start your day!
Do you have a particular verse or prayer you say first thing every morning? If so, I’d love to hear what it is.