Happy Leap Day!!!
Today is a great day to L.E.A.P.
It’s February 29th, the perfect day to jump into life… attentively!
This month, I’m going to L.E.A.P. attentively, eyes and ears open.
The clouds are parting, the fog has lifted. The sun is shining! I’m wide awake to the gift of this day, this moment. I don’t want to miss it!
Life is so busy; so I’m slowing down! And, just incase, like me, the thought of “leaping” makes you feel tired and you don’t have the energy for one more thing that demands more work, THIS IS A “FILLER”, an escape, a reward, a gift to give yourself for FUN!
One of my goals for this year is to not over book my calendar! I want to simplify my life and focus on what really matters. Therefore, it is a priority to put first things first, and then choose the best with the rest of my time.
- I will seek the LORD first each morning,
- keep my Sabbath day of rest each week,
- set aside one special day this month to pray and plan,
- and begin anticipating my annual get-away with my God. (1-1-1-1)
You can download the L.E.A.P. calendar here:
an explanation of how to use this chart can be found in this post
And, this month, as a just-for-fun “filler”, to give me a fresh perspective and to avoid being completely “drained” by the challenges and responsibilities in this season, I will ask the LORD to help me…
- Live – attentively
- Enjoy – attentively
- Add – attentively
- Pray – attentively
Attentive – paying close attention
I will be attentive to the wonders and blessing all around me. On at least 29 days of the next month, I will slow down to LOOK and LISTEN, to the people around me, to the beauty of nature, to the small details and the softer sounds, …
I’ve created a simple chart that you can print or modify however you like.
Download this month’s chart here: LEAP february 29
You can choose another adverb for your month if you wish, and you can take this challenge in any direction you like. But, this month I plan to stop and be still for a few minutes each day and write down something that I notice or learn.
29 Photos —
- Specifically, I hope to go outside or sit still by a window or in a quiet corner in my house, and with my camera, play the “telescope” game that I remember playing as a child (looking through a cardboard paper towel or toilet paper roll, focus in on details).
- I hope to take a few photos, and then choose one picture that has a unique perspective or especially shows details for each of the 29 days. Maybe I’ll even journal and attempt to poetically describe the details: “I spy…” or “I hear…”
- I will use the physical reminder that I chose to carry with me for this year, not only to remember to pray but to be attentive this month.
I want to be a better listener especially to my children. I can so easily be distracted. Too often when they are telling me a story, my mind is preoccupied with the next thing I need to do, and then have to ask them to repeat what they just said. …but not this month!
As with the suggestions for each month, you can choose to continue them on through out the year, or just enjoy the idea for the season and then move on to the next suggestion that will be posted for next month. And, if what you try does not inspire you after a few days, modify it to be more practical, creative, or fun.
(If you care to share them in a comment, I’d love to hear your ideas of how you plan to be attentive this month .)
LIVE more attentively.
Taking in the details of the moment regardless of where my adventures and responsibilities take me, I will engage in the here and now. I will take my thoughts captive and not be planning tomorrow when I need to be living today!
ENJOY more attentively.
When I sit down to relax or have a cup of tea, I will choose to use all my senses to more fully experience and savor the moment. I will breath in deeply, smell the fragrances of coffee, perfume, fresh laundry, scented candles,… I will take in the full experience: quiet my heart to hear and see, taste and feel the sounds, the colors, the flavors, and textures of my world.
ADD more attentively.
My gift to my family can be “being there” in the moment with them. I will slow down and listen so that my responses are appropriate and my words can will be more insightful and helpful. I will pay attention to the other person in the conversation (and their body language) and be more reflective to sense what is really going (and be more understanding and gracious if a conflict arises).
I will listen to what the LORD, who promises peace to His people, will say to me. I will ask His Spirit to lead me to the passages He would have me read. I will seek Him to prompt me in what He would have me pray and what He would have me do after I say “Amen”. I will let Him set the pace for my day and be attentive to His whispers through out the day. And, when someone asks me to pray, I will take note of the request but also pay attention to what they are not saying and be sensitive to the deeper need and what they are really seeking.
What about you???
How are you going to L.E.A.P. this month?
- How are you going to live (attentively) this month?
- How (or What) are you going to enjoy (attentively) this month?
- How (or What) are you going to add (attentively) this month?
- How are you going to pray (attentively) this month?
FYI - The photos above are of the folder I made to keep my L.E.A.P. charts for the year. It is made from an old manila folder cut to a smaller size (closer to the size of my prayer book, calendar, and Bible); then I covered it with scrapbook paper. I printed my charts in half pages on the paper saving mode on my printer, and I can slip them into the pockets I made with vellum.) Just a reminder - I will be posting a 29 day L.E.A.P. challenge on the 29th of each month. Most months, that gives you a couple grace days to ponder how you want to apply ideas and make them your own. -- I'm praying for you! Have fun "L.E.A.P.ing"!!!!