I never thought I could learn from my home, but here’s a story about what my front porch taught me about life.
We have five rooms in our home: a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and two bedrooms. But last year we discovered a sixth: the front porch!
Oh, how we longed to be outside during the cold and dreary days. In our home before this one, the environment didn’t allow for an outdoor living space. There was a ditch in the back that was dangerous without a fence, the neighbors weren’t friendly, and we didn’t have a sitting area in the front. Our current home has a large front porch looking out at the neighborhood, a bird sanctuary that provides us with beautiful sights and sounds, and a large birch tree that hangs overhead. It’s cozy and a nice change of scenery.
This morning I had a lot to get done. I wanted to put a movie in for the kids and work on a workshop I’m designing for my life coaching practice. However, waking up to the birds, I couldn’t pass up a morning outside. I was wondering how I would keep both of my kids occupied while I worked on things from the porch. My daughter had finished her breakfast, and I was rocking Liam to sleep. She asked me to play, but I couldn’t get up at the time for fear I would wake up my baby boy. I proceeded to hand my curious girl the spoon inside my teacup.
WOW! The ideas she had with that spoon were incredible! She played with it for almost an hour digging and tossing dirt from the side of our porch; she found some standing water, so she stirred, poured, and played kitchen. She used the spoon to bang different surfaces because she discovered they each made a unique sound–she was creating music! Her discovery process was fascinating to watch.
I soon thought: don’t we pressure ourselves too much to entertain our kids? We don’t give children enough credit. They are fully capable of using their imaginations and getting creative with the resources they have.
I began to ask myself if we miss out on simplicities like the front porch and teaspoons because we expect to be entertained. Are we refraining from putting ourselves in situations where we can explore and discover with just a spoon? Are we turning down the front porch experience for other, less life-giving moments because we don’t give ourselves enough room to explore?
I would love for you to take something ordinary this week and learn something new about its capabilities! I challenge you to enjoy the simple things, even if it’s outside of your routine. We are all capable and have a lot more to offer this world, just like the spoon could do a lot more than just stir my tea.
Please share what you experience this week when you discover YOUR capabilities.