Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's Hard to be Passionate about Grocery Shopping

I was walking out of the sanctuary at church on Sunday and heard the telltale offbeat  BOOM BOOM BOOM of a little boy playing the drums.  He's a three year old blond little boy with big brown eyes that waits each and every week with his drumsticks tucked on his lap.  He watches the whole service as if he has a spring in his little behind because he knows that he will have a chance the play the "real drums" at the end.  He is only three but he is very passionate about drums.  He has a set at home, a set at his grandpa's house and I have yet to see the child without a pair of drum sticks in his hands.  

As we filed out after the service, a lady walking behind me said, "Isn't he the cutest thing?"  

I agreed then said, "You've got to admire his passion.  It seems like kids are so good at that.  They get passionate about one thing, learn everything there is to know about it and become consumed.  I wish we could be more like that as adults." 

"Yeah, but it's hard to be passionate about grocery shopping," she said to me in a deadpan voice.  

It was a simple interaction but it was such a profound statement.  She was absolutely right.  We get caught up in all of our "have to's" and lose track of all the things that make us feel alive.  We push off our passions because we think that they don't have as much value as cleaning the house or working a ten hour work day.  But that's where we are wrong.  What good is life if we don't fill it with things that lift us up?  

Julia Cameron writes in The Artist's Way, "Learning to allow yourselves to play is hard work."  She's so right.  Today, I'm going to give myself some time to play.  I might make the fabric covered bulletin board I saw on Pinterest or put together the online photo album I have abandoned for six months.  Or maybe I'll just head to the playground, swing on the swings with my boys and remember the feeling of reaching for the clouds with my toes.  

How will you play today?


  1. I am horrible about getting caught up in what needs to be done :) It's always good to remember to do things that make us happy!

  2. It's so easy to do - You are probably constantly moving! Even five minutes of "me" time a day makes a big difference for me. I hope it will for you, too!


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