“Why is it that so many people think of doing things and do not do them? Why do they not have the power to put into practice the things they think of doing? If one just thinks about it, the chance slips by. From the time they are children, people are o…rdered about by their parents to do this, to do that… They develop resistance, and (the) resistance habit becomes subconscious, until they are unable to perform immediately even those things they think of doing themselves. (what we need is ) the habit of action ~ this, I think, is the most important thing we must acquire. Life’s success or failure actually depends on thi…s one thing. Start Now, today!” – Shinichi Suzuki
He goes on to say, “True, it is easier to say than to do, but the more you do it, the more of a habit it will become. It is an indispensable skill. To know something and not put it into practice is a weak point, but knowledge is mere knowledge, and is not to be confused with ability and skill. Not until knowledge becomes an inseparable part of one … is it an ability or skill. There are plenty of people who know a lot about baseball & can criticize a game; however, the spectator lacks the intuitive skill, judgement, and physical coordination of the experienced player. A fine society is not built by people who just think about what is right to do.”
You know grace is a pretty simple concept, but to so many it is so hard to receive or accept. I think this is a similar matter. If you see someone in need & think, gosh. I should make a meal for them, do it. If you think of writing a thank you note to someone, do it. If you think of learning to play the guitar, do it. Don’t spend time on thinking & wishing & planning to… take action!
(I love this photo of the kids early one morning, I think it is so cute how they piled into the hallway)
I emailed Sarah this week with apologizes for not keeping up via email or flickr or blog, and she replied with those kind, and very wise words.
So what has our reality been full of?
I’d love to share with you!
Day trips with family to St. Louis.
My husbands entire family spend a day at the Magic House!
Weekends at campLucy & Parker, Jon & I spent last weekend in the woods of Seymour, Indiana at Camp Lakeview. This will be the last year all four of us can go together because Lucy will be too old for this program next year.
This is one amazing camp!
Parker has been learning to read & he is doing very well. I had a hard time deciding what to use with him for reading as he shows some of the same struggles Grace did when she was younger. Finally I ditched all my “ideas” and pulled out the old pathway readers (which the girls love). We sat down on the front steps and just plugged away at each little sentence. Turns out he likes the book too & has set a personal goal to finish the book in 10 days! (not inlcuding weekends)
He’s also decided that when he finishes it he should get a new lego star wars toy.. sounds like a good plan to me.
We’ve kept up with our art group every other week throughout the summer as well. The kids seem to enjoy the projects & love time together with friends.
Many of the projects we do come from these two websites:
that artist woman
art projects for kids ~ Kathy has been doing a great series (for kids and adults!)on Art Journaling the last few weeks. Check it out!
I also use these book sources:
New Artist’s Handbook
What have been the highlights of your summer? What about fall? Any new adventure coming your way?
Our fall will start with Lucy turning nine September 1st!
Then Grace, my mom and I will head to Chicago for a few days. The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting the Harry Potter Exhibit and we decided it was really too close to pass up.
After Chicago the kids and Nana will start planning for our annual halloween party, then Parker’s birthday and then holiday festivities begin! Maybe we can slow that train down a bit and just enjoy the here and now, eh?
"The very least you can do in your life
is to figure out what you hope for. The most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides."