“Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The following is an encore post:
Back to School
I don’t think I’ve blogged this before. I think I just talked about it in an email conversation with a lovely blogfriend, about this time last year. It’s time to go get your school supplies. It doesn’t matter that you have no school-aged children, or no children of any age, or that you don’t go to school. It’s still back-to-school time. Fresh start time. Take it. Use it. It’s better than New Year’s for a fresh start, because there’s no expectation of romance or resolutions, no pause for regrets. Just a new beginning.
I learned this philosophy a few years back, from an elderly, guitar-playing outdoor preacher at a hotel where we were staying for a final end-of-summer getaway. Part of his sermon was about how every year at this time, he bought himself a marble composition book and the biggest box of crayons he could find. Because he allowed himself a new beginning at back-to-school time, fully expecting to learn and grow in the coming year. Expecting to have something to say that would be worth writing in a notebook, or hearing something someone else said, that would be worth jotting down, to remember. And the crayons . . . you say you don’t color, but couldn’t that be in large part because you don’t have your crayons handy? I’m betting you cannot color in a coloring book or draw a picture with your crayons, and not feel just a little bit better about things. Color is a wonderful gift. 120 colors in a keepsake tin?! Please. My cup runneth over.
Go get your back-to-school supplies. Notebook and crayons required. Anything else that helps you feel back-to-schooly, optional 🙂