About a month ago Apathy Lounge wrote about this being her summer of One New Thing. "how easy it is to do the same thing over and over...day after day. Life unfolds with a certain amount of rhythm and regularity, even if you happen to be an impulsive person who enjoys an occasional last-minute getaway. You still take your clothes to the same dry cleaners and--most of the time--take the most direct way home after a long day of work. After a bit it's easy to become resigned to staying home (because it's easier) and renting a movie, rather than braving the crowds downtown." (Now go--click--read her whole post.)
She vowed to do One New Thing to remedy the routine that has taken over her life.
This post really spoke to me--I've become so narrow in scope, too. I cluster my few errands around my kids' karate classes, I hunker down and go through the motions and expectations of our schedule and make NO effort to expand myself beyond necessity...and our calendar.
One New Thing.
I'm doing it--with a specific focus. The boys have plenty of Activity--karate, baseball, soccer, swimming and a recent obsession with playing Around The World in our driveway. We're participating in the public library's summer reading program and having Summer School at our kitchen table so the academic is aptly covered. What's lacking?
Culture. We're incorporating One New Thing this way: every other week we'll go to a concert, museum or play. We'll support our local arts community by Making the Effort to see their work. We'll make the collective effort to see an exhibit or sit through a city band's free concert at the park. Something we don't do, something that will make our lives richer and more interesting.
One New Thing.