FAMILY FRIDAY: The Zoo

Hello, Hipsters, and welcome to the first ever:

“Family Friday!”

Let’s have some fun!

“I remember the time an older man asked me when I was young, ‘Do you know what you are doing now?’ I thought it was some kind of trick question.  ‘Tell me,’ I said.  ‘You are building your memories,’ he replied, ‘so make them good ones.’” ~ Ravi Zacharias

One of the greatest benefits to my current (and hopefully permanent) season is that I have flexibility unlike any other time in my adult life.

This allows for both spontaneous and scheduled moments with my family that I have hardly experienced before!

So every Friday now is turning into family day.

On this particular Friday, the Arnold clan was able to enjoy a combined gift we all received for the kids’ birthdays last year — an annual pass to the zoo!

I love my family, and one of the ways I express this love is through my support for them to live a life of laughter, joy, and meaning.

My struggle, and one of my primary reasons for quitting the W-2 world, was that in order to love my family, I had to leave them…50 hours or more a week.

This was such a soul-sucking contradiction for me.  I had to redeem the time somehow.

Weekends were supposed to be my time of refueling and reconnecting to family and friends, on top of doing church activities, cleaning the house, and maybe squeezing in a house project.

It came to the place that going to work was a break from my weekend!  Any fathers relate???  That’s a gross place to be.  Something had to change.

And so we’re now at the zoo.  Last month I was in a cubicle, now I’m making memories and personally molding the future on a Friday morning.

What about you?  How do you balance the tensions of time tyranny?  What are you willing to change in order to receive or create what may never come around again?

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