Lazy Lingering Days, Free of Responsibility...
"Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends."Darell Hammond
Can you measure love? This horse painting from 2008 of two trotting side by side ... made me ponder that question. We often think more of love as an emotion, but it is so much more. Love is measured and maintained by what you give... NOT what you receive. You can truly love anyone. Everyone knows the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Translated, treat others as you would like to be treated. Love truly is action first and emotion second.
In our multigenerational household, we have to show LOTS of love and patience. We knew coming into this that the primary goal was to do for others first and self second. Maybe not the 4 month old... but for the six year old and up. How can you help today? What can you do for someone else in the family to make their day better. Terry is up every morning at six to make sure there is hot coffee for Larry to have on his way to work. Larry is out the door by 6:15. That is the start of each day. At breakfast we have a small Bible study with Lady L and Stacey. We set a plan for the day to improve our connection with God and with the family. One day is was "Look for the Good". Lady L took it seriously and she not only stayed on top of being helpful, but was quick to find the 'good' all day long.
I leave you to "Look for the Good".
C.S. Lewis "Though natural likings should normally be encouraged, it would be quite wrong to think that the way to become charitable is to sit trying to manufacture affectionate feelings… The rule for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less… Whenever we do good to another self, just because it is a self, made (like us) by God, and desiring its own happiness as we desire ours, we shall have learned to love it a little more or, at least, to dislike it less… The worldly man treats certain people kindly because he “likes” them: the Christian, trying to treat everyone kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on – including people he could not even have imagined himself liking at the beginning."