20 August 2012

{Monday Motivation} I Resign

When Don asked me what our plans are for the long weekend, I immediately asked if we can go to Moncada, Tarlac.  It surprised him that I wanted to visit his hometown but he agreed anyway.  When August 20 was declared a special non-working holiday, we initially planned for a staycation.  But we suddenly craved for a time-out from our busy life.

Yesterday, because it was raining here, I finally had a chance to continue reading Francis J. Kong's The Early Bird Catches the Worm But the Second Mouse Gets the Cheese.  I would like to share it with you because this is exactly how I  feel sometimes and this is why I craved for a simple and quiet vacation.

My friend Willy Samson sent me an email that caught me by surprise.  I saw the subject matter and it has the word "Resignation" in it.  I didn't know what he meant.  I quickly opened the email and found this very cute material which I am sharing with you.
Here's how it goes:
I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.
I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8-year-old again.
I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four star restaurant.
I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make a sidewalk with rocks.
I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them.  I want to lie under a big acacia tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer's day.
I want to return to a time when life was simple; when all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care.  All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.
I want to think the world is fair.  That everyone is honest and good.
I want to believe that anything is possible.  I want to be oblivious to the complexities to life and be overly excited by the little things again.
I want to live simple again.  I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones. 
I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.
So... here's my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit card bills and my RRSP statements.  I am officially resigning from adulthood.  And if you want to discuss this further, you'll have to catch me first, cause... "Tag! You're it."
It's not unusual for me to find people down-scaling their lifestyles today.  A very gifted, faithful and efficient manager of mine resigned from her work after eleven faithful years of service in order that, together with her family, they can all move back to their province, live a simple lifestyle and be away from the hustle and bustle of city living.
As we grow in age we become more sophisticated.  We have forgotten the joys of childhood days.  E-mails and articles like this somehow remind us that life is not confined to sales quotas, profit, goals and investment portfolios.
I've realized the importance of enjoying life.  Life is too short for us to miss the good things.
There's only so much we can eat in a day.  Even with a closet full of clothes (and in my case I've even got a factory full of them), I can only wear one pair of pants at a time.  I've only got two feet, and having a hundred pairs of Italian shoes would not make we walk faster and farther.
I want to go back to enjoying life's simpler things.  And trusting God and thanking Him for His goodness and really enjoying life to the fullest.
And so, resignation... meaning, to resign from being an adult -- that is, the freedom-choking sophistication, over-urbanization and anxiety-driven complexities of adulthood -- resigning from all that is not so bad after all.
There's an escape clause in the Bible which goes, "Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to me.  Get away with me and you'll recover your life.  I'll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me -- watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly," (An invitation from Christ in Matthew 11:28-30 THE MESSAGE)
Happy Monday, my dear moms.  I hope you are enjoying the long weekend.  I have to go, we are going out for a walk.

How is your long weekend so far?  What are you doing to spend quality time with your family?
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