NEWSLETTER FROM BETS DANKO
Remember summer camp?
Buses and cars drive up (it’s always ‘up’, I don’t know why) to a place in the woods filled with buildings built a hundred years ago and stories to fill multiple lifetimes of “back when I was a kid” wisdom. Kids from everywhere find a cabin or a place to pitch a tent. Strangers become roommates, teenagers become leaders, and memories are made over stomachs filled with s’mores and songs that hail the simplicity of the life of a bullfrog and mosquitos that get under your nighty.
It’s childhood in a nutshell.
At camp your worries are all about crafts, volleyball, and swimming tests. At camp a dinner bell tells you when to eat and lists posted in your cabin tell you what’s expected of you. Life at camp is laid back and easy.
I had the pleasure of attending summer camp for a brief three days in June. It took 24 hours for me to embrace the simplicity entirely and look for the fastest path toward applying that simplicity to my life. I was all in with the life lessons. It was obvious what I was missing in life (simplicity) and what needed to let go (obsession with lists and lists of things “to do”).
A friend of mine used to talk quite a bit about her errands. She always wished she had someone to run her errands for her. I completely understand. What a horrible word… “Errands”. Right from the get go it implies error (“err”) which by extension makes you feel like it’s just something you don’t want to do.
Am I right?
My life had become a list of errands… a long list of things I “had to do” and would probably “never get done.” I was waking up every morning and running through all the things I “had to do” in the day before I’d even get up.
Now it wasn’t like I wasn’t doing anything at camp. I was. There were lists of things that needed to be done and I knew which things I was going to tackle when. But.... when I woke up in my little bunk bed all I thought about was getting up and preparing for breakfast. I was not thinking or worrying about errands … at all. I woke up casually and prepared myself for breakfast.
The rest of my day was in the service of others and of myself.
There was no way to make a mistake.
This summer camp was also a location in need of support and low cost labor …the perfect location for churches looking for mission work to plant volunteers for a week or two. I was a participant on mission. I stacked wood and identified areas on trails that needed some TLC. I bounced ideas on window frame solutions, and did some light cleaning/clearing in an outdoor labyrinth. It was the least stress I have lived with and entertained for about a year. There were no errands in site because there was no way to make a mistake… I showed up where I was needed when I was needed and never stressed about it.
I knew right away that life needed to change and it was going to start with attitude.
The change in attitude sounded a lot like this…
“I am so done. I want to life at summer camp." "Wait... I need change. It’s time to create a life that feels like a continual summer camp. “
“Wait… gotta reword that… it’s time to live life as though I am at summer camp. “
“Wait... life is summer camp.”
So... I’m hearing you, “maybe your life is a summer camp, but have you been in my world?”
I totally get it…. Life certainly seems like something on the opposite side of summer camp.
Perception is everything.
It comes down to choice and a few golden words. I can choose to become the embodiment of my stress or I can acknowledge that I will do what I can and that will be good. I can choose to be upset with myself for making mistakes or forgetting to do something or I can choose to acknowledge I am capable of mistakes and love myself unconditionally. I can choose to see tasks as errands or I can see them as experiences meant to be lived. And… when I come right down to it… how I acknowledge my choices is where the gold is. If at the end of the day I say, “today was a great day,” and believe that 100% no matter what challenges I faced… life is good.
Bring on the campfires and s’mores…
I choose summer camp… life is good.
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