By: Christopher Pate
I have recently come to the conclusion that going to the park is no longer optional but a mandatory event on the weekends. The kids need to burn off some energy and Lyntoya or I get to sit down and let our minds relax. (This of course assumes that one of us isn’t out running “errands” which really is code for the other person having the responsibility of taking the kids that day) Now back to the thought at hand. The last couple of times at the park, I have noticed that Jensen would play on the jungle gym but he eventually makes his way to the sandbox. He loves playing in the sand! Recently, we were downtown and went to the park to spend a little time in the sun and like clockwork. Jensen played with the other kids for a minute on the slide, next he made his way over to the swing, which last about three minutes until... yes you guessed it. Jensen spotted the sandbox, found some tools and went to work. He gets lost playing in the sand. These are the moments that I love capturing in my mind because they teach me so much about life. I see and admire that Jensen is decisive in what he wants. I love this quality even if it leads to conflict between Jensen and myself from time to time. He will play on the slide with the other kids, he will test out the swing, however when he sees his thing the sandbox he is off to the races.
I don’t believe that we are created any different from Jensen. The issue is that we get caught playing or doing what the “other” kids want over by the slide whether that be family or society. We try the swing by switching and trying a couple of jobs, however, we rarely find our sandbox. The sandbox that allows us to be free, get dirty, and have so much fun that time gets lost until someone has to drag us away from our space. We all have a sandbox whether we know it or not. I say that it is time to put other feet in that sand and feel our passion between our toes and in our life.
This week I encourage everyone to think about one question. I have come to see that this question rarely gets answered as adults. What do we want to do in life? What is our sandbox? Not what can we do, what have we done in the past, nor what we have to do (insert rationale here) but what do we really what to do? Please do not get into how to get it done that is where we lose it.
I would love to hear what that answer is so please leave a comment after some thought. Once you have it please make the decision to move toward your sandbox. At the very least get a bucket and a shovel. Have a great and blessed week.