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I had so much fun presenting “B is for Brick” at the Kansas Catholic Homeschool Conference!
This was a brand spankin’ new talk, created just for this event. It’s about the ways our conversation with kids can help build the ‘interior arch’ that supports them against burdens both internal and external. I had to do a lot of thinking and praying about what I wanted to say (it’s all in the Free E-book you can download from Motherheart Press), and then I wound up adding more into the talk itself (always happens!) Ask for the audio if you missed it.
Thanks to all who smiled, nodded, laughed, gave me your email addresses and feedback, stayed to talk more, or responded in any way. This post, by the way, is very much open to comments, so thanks in advance for those.
I have a few more bricks for your collection, from mine:
Nothing is wasted in God’s economy.
You are not going around in circles, but growing upward, like a tree, in spirals.
Christ makes you more truly and fully who you are. Today, you are more fully realized than ever before!
It’s not a great idea until it’s well-expressed.
Unless it moves through you, it doesn’t get to you.
I’ve tagged some of my brick-y-est posts ‘Brick’ so you can find them easily with the search bar.
Then I collected my favs into another freebie you can get at Motherheart Press, which is just me, inviting your participation in the work of the Joy Foundation.
Don’t waste the food! Don’t waste the oil pastels and the good watercolors! Don’t waste the expensive fabric, the nice paper, the good wine! Above all, don’t waste time playing, chatting resting! Have you ever thought about the paradox of forming the highest things?
To learn to turn ideas into works of art, we must indulge a bit – not recklessly, but with some daring – in wasting art supplies. Give a kid the kind of art supplies you don’t care if he wastes, and I’ll bet they’re also not satisfying to use, either. Interest will wane. To learn to cook, we need to take some risks with foods.
No skill at words is acquired without long practice tossing away and rewriting ‘wasted’ words. No friendship is strengthened without great ‘waste’ of time together. No love is proved by other than life poured out in service. To turn feasts into practice for the Eucharist, we need to taste the finest wine (Note: the ‘finest wine’ I’ve ever been able to afford cost $26 a bottle, but it’s the thought that counts, and paisano is great for most meals. As fans of Rumpole, we call ours ‘Chateau Kaw Embankment’!)
We must learn to value and to give what is of highest value. There’s the paradox. Only a child can give, or use up, or waste with complete abandon, and only an adult can rightly value things. It is the work of growing up to become able to bear the tension of doing both. To give without knowing the value does nothing to honor the recipient, and to value without giving communicates no actual good.
A priest once counseled that if time is our greatest asset, the best gift we can give Him is to waste it. Since I write and speak about Holy Leisure, this was great reinforcement! Sabbath rest is all about learning to be, to be acted upon, to be whole and offer that wholeness to Christ. It can be very, very hard in our goal-oriented, product-producing, efficiency-loving culture to let go and give God some simple leisure time. Even our Christian culture tends toward purpose-driven lives and accomplishing great things for God.
I hope you’ll learn to waste boldly where the great thing being accomplished is YOU!
I recommend Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods frequently – and not just to get people to bring their kids out to my house in the country! The fact is, living on our ‘farm wannabe’, I can see for myself the benefits Louv describes. What’s more, I can see the effects of ‘time in nature’ on ‘nature deprived’ kids who come out to play. Last Child is a warning to us all of the dangers of abstracting children from the natural world. [Read more…]