"Set yourself free today. Don't follow the rules (or mow your lawn or pick your weeds). Let the day flow in and through you just the way it wants to. Don't fight the flow. And see how it goes.
There is beauty in letting the day wash through you. I think I need to take a piece of my own advice. If I'm still standing at the end of the day, I'll try and update you."
Then? I proceeded to follow my own advice and had a most excellent day.
We rolled with the punches. All day. And the day went amazingly well.
We followed where the day took us and even though it didn't take us any further than our own back yard, we had a completely different view and the day took on a glow.
Some clouds rolled in and shaded our deck in the morning so we played in the shade, watched a hydrovac truck pull out our fence post and then the kids got the best gift of all. The guy who pulled out our post invited them to come have a look at the hole he made, a tour of his truck and [insert drum roll here] they got to go "rock picking" in the back alley while we were there.
They brought their rocks back onto the deck with them and they provided no end of entertainment. Peace, contentment and joy were all wrapped up into our morning and I didn't even have to apply sunscreen!
After nap time, my son rigged up a sprinkler hose atop the deck railing and we endured the heatwave in an imaginative and interactive way.
I didn't fight the flow and the day provided exactly what we needed.
Add a big, noisy truck, a few clouds when needed, some rocks and some water and it equalled contentment in my little world.
As an added bonus, our fence is finally fixed, so next week we have full run of the back yard again.
Everything we needed was right in our own back yard. Isn't that often the case?