Oh my goodness. What is happening in this world? The perfectionist in me cries out, “You can’t post on Friday Morning Fika on Sunday Afternoon!!!” But thankfully, God has designed a special “perfectionist recovery program” for folks like me. It’s called…children. 🙂 So, I am learning, be it ever so slowly, to let things go.
Thursday night as I tucked my five year old in, I said, “We should do something special since your siblings will be gone the next couple of days.” Then came the idea… “Maybe we could go to the zoo!” Now, I didn’t really think it all through before I mentioned this (which I wouldn’t advise) so I said, “We’ll see,” and went to bed thinking, “I really should not have said that out loud.”
Then Friday morning I was up early mulching the garden and analyzing the situation. It went something like this. “Should we go to the zoo or not? I have a lot to do. My house is seriously in shambles. (Now, I know when some perfectionists say their house is in shambles, it means a dirty dish was left in the sink. But for this recovering perfectionist, when I say, “My house is in shambles,” I mean my house really is in shambles.) My “to do list” is a mile long. It’s hot. The animals will all just be sleeping or hiding in their dens. We’ll drive two hours to walk around in the hot sun looking at empty animal habitats. Blah. Probably not worth it. I really need to post on my blog. We should have already left if we were going to go….blah blah blah.”
Then the realistic Kim (possibly inspired by the Holy Spirit) inside of me chimed in, “You know if you stay here, you will just be cranky and miserable because you won’t be able to get near as much done as you would like. You’ll be fussy all day and still not get stuff off your plate because part of your “recovery program” is still here. And he’s five. And… he doesn’t even remember ever going to the zoo.”
And then I started to feel a tad bit guilty because what five year old doesn’t remember going to the zoo? Only the one who hasn’t been since he was a babe. I think that might be considered child neglect or abuse or something.
Anyway, in the end, I decided to throw caution to the wind and do something totally wild and crazy. I left my life all in a mess and went to the zoo! (Gasp!)
And that, my friends, is why I am sitting here writing Sunday Afternoon Fika instead of Friday Morning Fika. But let me tell you, we had a fabulous day and he enjoyed it so much. And guess what? Nothing horrible happened. It was hot, but we did see a lot of cool animals. And the penguins were oh so cute to watch. And everything was still here when I got back. Just the way I left it. 🙂
All of this to say, go out and do something fun today! Don’t let the duties of life keep you from enjoying those special moments that are just waiting to happen with the friends and family around you. Whatever is overwhelming you today, just put it on the back burner (that’s what back burners are for…simmering life’s duties or difficulties that you aren’t ready to deal with quite yet.) Take some time to enjoy life and those around you. And if that means having Friday morning fika on Sunday afternoon, then by all means, go for it!”
“People forget years and remember moments.” -Ann Beattie
Make the moments count!
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See you next week for Friday morning fika. Or Sunday afternoon fika. Or maybe even midnight fika. Who knows?! 🙂