I have a plan. Actually, I’m reinstating an old plan. As part of our efforts to deliberately add some more fun to our days, we’re going back to pulling a weekly challenge from an old pitcher that sits on our kitchen cabinet. The pitcher has a collection of suggested options printed out on bright red paper. (Red is a celebration color for me.) The Suggestions/Challenges cover a broad range of possibilities and include activites that can be done with a partner or own your own. Some of ours include the following:
- Memory Lane! Pick out an “old favorite” CD and listen to it all the way through at least once this week!
- Bless your heart…and someone else! Pick someone and do something nice for them—anonymously.
- Take a mini-stay-cation! Grab your camera gear and go see what beautiful thing you can capture on film! You must not leave the yard or take longer than 30 minutes on this one!
- Enrich your mind! You must spend at least 20 minutes reading a book each day this week!
- Remember the joys of childhood! Collect spare change and go for an ice cream cone!
- Build relationships! Invite someone over for a meal this week!
- Bring Nature indoors! Pick something pretty for the mantle or counter or your desk at work!
Want to join us in the challenge of adding a bit more fun to your week? Create your own list of local, low-cost adventures to help you take some time and raise your fun quotient! Make it a list of things you’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t quite made the time for and print them on brightly colored paper. Find a container you like (even an old Mason jar looks festive with lots of little folded or colored notes inside!) and choose a spot where you can see it on a regular basis. Visual appeal makes this even more fun, so choose a color that you love, use a creative font–ANYTHING that will help draw your attention to this project. The whole idea is to have this visible multiple times a day so you can enjoy the anticipation of your fun, as well as the actual fun challenge. Get a friend, a spouse or your kids involved–or just do this as “pamper project” just for yourself!
If you feel so inclined, I’d love to hear about some of your “fun challenges” and how you incorporated this into your life! Mother Teresa once said, “One filled with joy preaches without preaching.” So…if a happy heart will draw others to the throne of God, what are we waiting for? Here’s to adding lots of laughter and joy to our schedules. Let’s savor our days and have some fun!