What a good day we had yesterday, as a family.
Decided it was time to sort out the garage, so we hired a skip and spent the whole morning (all of us) going through and throwing out. Many laughs were had as we looked at old photographs, memories shared; some regrets as we decided to part with long held (and quite useless) possessions; and a sense of doing things together which was special.
I will cherish the sight of Jamie in my Joseph coat of many colours roller skating around the cul de sac; little wonder the neighbours disappeared for the day !
It is now almost possible to actually park a car inside the garage; yes, I know its hard to believe isn’t it.
The problem is that when the girls and Jamie moved back in they brought all their `stuff` from their house and it had to be parked in the garage as there wasn’t room in the house. Consequently the garage has looked like a bomb site for the last 10 months (not that it looked much better before that). NOT ANY MORE !!
Sometimes our lives are like the garage; they get cluttered because of the business of life. We keep adding more and more to them, and not spend time clearing out the junk. Maybe we should all spend more bank holidays doing what we did yesterday, but with our lives.
Spend more time laughing at past memories; spend more time sharing those memories with loved ones; letting go of some things we no longer need in our lives (perhaps with regret), and simply enjoy the moment of doing things with other people.
Maybe we should be more like Jamie; put on something daft and roller-skate our way through life for a few hours, being silly and not caring what others think about us. Wouldn’t it be good ?
Someone I know often says that life is too short to waste it on frivolous things like enjoyment; however, I would want to reverse this by pointing that Jesus said “I have come so that you might have life, and life in all its fullness”. Yes, I believe that he is referring to the spiritual walk with him which brings life to us all but in that single word `all` I believe that he is also giving us permission to enjoy our physical, earthly lives as well. And while this may not be always possible (sadly) for some people, for those of us who are able to enjoy ourselves (without detriment to others) then I think we are expected to. God did not create us to be miserable but to enjoy his creation, socially with others, and to enjoy the very act of breathing.
Rant over ! I’m going to the doctors now to have a check up and make sure I’ve got enought physical health left to enjoy the rest of today.