On the general principle of ‘when I buy a Beetle, I see everyone else has too,’ this week Charlie over at Productive Flourishing is asking:
And in Monday May 2nd’s email, Abbey of the Arts‘ Christine Valters Paintner commented:
From where my heart sits right now, spaciousness sounds like exactly the Right Thing. And to an extent, playing with spaciousness is what bangs me up against a back-end-loaded day. A spacious, flexible morning and spacious, self-directed afternoon have frequently turned into an “oh, snap!” evening.
So perhaps spaciousness is the goal. But it seems a little more mindfulness, that friend of presence, might scaffold that spaciousness a bit better, so I can avoid the rush.
Yesterday worked nicely, you see. Yesterday I wrapped up blogging in the late afternoon. I then puttered around, eating a few digital frogs, until dinner. After finishing, My Sweetie suggested a walk (steps: check)…and there was still time to loop back and start my Bible lesson sequence for the week. All very satisfying in its Scots-Irish checkbox completeness!
the Bible passage I was working on pulled a stick out of a dam of images. It was late (for me) by then, so I scribbled some place-holders, left everything open,
and right after breakfast drafted a poem that I think has some legs. First leggy poem since March.
There was time to think. Time to wait. And thus time to play!
[They] had sought Him earnestly with their whole desire, and He let them find Him. So the LORD gave them rest on every side. —2 Chronicles 15:15
Two days, one of which isn’t over, are anecdote. Not data. But mindful scaffolds sound intriguing. I’ve even used them before, with some success.