It is weeks of planning, praying, texting and anticipation finally falling into place. Grateful to arrive at the Shores, we unload my daughter’s trunk and stand in the breeze off the lake, giving our last hugs goodbye.
Before I can even snap a photo, I see only their backs as they link arms, oblivious to my existence, and are off to the pool for their annual swim test, the right of passage required for all water sports.
But it’s as it should be, and tho her week of camp is underway, I begin to contemplate how I will spend mine.
One year, my husband and I actually vacationed, another we re-painted and decorated the house. This year, we will be closing on our newly constructed home and moving. And while that is quite a blessing, it certainly comes with it’s share of frustrations.
So I have decided to do a bit of “camping” of my own.
I am going to “Camp IWannaChange”
Because I realize that as a “strong minded” and “strong willed” person, I can certainly CAMP my mind on just about anything. And if I CAMP there too long in the negative, I will absolutely ruin my own day. Oh, and sadly yet, I’m able to share it with anyone who’s in my way or anything that’s in my wake.
But, the opposite can also be true. if I decide to CAMP on positive thoughts, I can turn my day around, and hopefully bring others along for the ride!
I had an appointment to meet a service man at my new house at 9am today to go over a contract for this next year. I arrived on time. I waited.
And, while I waited, I looked took a slow walk around my new home and was delighted at several of the beautiful things that I saw. I had purposely stayed away from the building site for over a week so that I would be pleased when the closing date arrived. And, I know my perfectionistic spirit finds the negative details so I’ve tried not to nit pick and let others do their work thoroughly.
But while I was walking around the house with my builder, we found a dent in the new dishwasher, a stain on the patio, and a broken knob on the oven. And my peace began to turn sour. He assured me that all of these items would be fixed, but my pretty, perfect picture, wasn’t perfect any longer.
I had begun my walk around the house with such joy and as the time passed and I continued to tap my foot waiting for the propane man to show up, I felt my frustration take over.
Money and time began to build. I was losing precious time, the bills begin to pile up in my mind. My blood pressure was rising.
Wait…Remember, Lisa, you’re at CAMP this week!
So I climbed into my car, and closed my eyes. I needed a change of scenery.
I listened to the quiet. I pictured the leaves rustling in the trees above me, the breeze off the shores of the lake, the smell of pine…
I am at CAMP. I am at CAMP.
Choose: I get to choose the way I look at life, my day, my surroundings.
Attitude: A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t get anywhere until you change it.
Me: YOU are not THAT important. Get out of your own way!
Peace: It’s always there like the breeze off the lake. You just have to realize it.
I breath in. I breath out. I am at CAMP.
At the end of Day 1, I feel good. I have chosen to CAMP on the higher life.
And what gives me hope is knowing that even in my complete and total lapses of perfection, God allows me moments of peace. He reminds me that there are higher thoughts. He tells me to “…set my mind and keep it set on the things of above,” in Colossians 3:2.
That’s CAMPing my thoughts!
And He reminds us to…
“…fill your minds with beauty and truth. Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.”
Join me and Be a Happy CAMPer today!