The wind is ever-present on the prairie. It can come from different directions and at various intensities, but it is almost always there. Because of the drought cycle we are currently in, the wind is behaving in an interesting way right now. In the course of a single day, sometimes a single hour, a gale force north wind will suddenly become a south wind. The tumbleweeds, that race across our open fields in the face of the fury, will come tumbling back the opposite direction just minutes later. They are moving quickly, yet getting nowhere at all.
I see the same thing happening in the homes of many well-intentioned parents. In the drive to give our children the best of experiences, lessons, opportunities, and education, we move so rapidly in so many directions that we end up like the tumbleweeds whose severed roots doom them to a short life of endless movement.
Seeing a lot of things quickly doesn’t translate to mastery or even to basic understanding. Without time to process or debrief, experiences (and the lessons they contain) fade away to nothingness. Busy is, well, just busy. It is not enriching, it just moves fast.
As we begin another year, I’d like to invite you to consider doing less and living more. Fewer activities, fewer things, and fewer commitments allow time for deeply rooted passions to grow and life-changing discussions to happen. Select only the best of things to anchor your children’s lives and then let the wind howl. It won’t disturb your peace or dictate how you travel.
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