In late December, my elder daughter asked yours truly and her siblings, family and friends if we were interested in joining her and her youngest son in a photo a day challenge. Idea is to concentrate on a particular word and come up with a visual to match it. No rules. Just dig into DropBox, the camera reservoir and/or other means to come up with a visual representation of that word or phrase.
So, since Jan. 1 the crew has been busy coming up with photos, drawings or sayings. And each night, Dee dutifully collects them and posts them on Facebook so the rest of the world can see what she has to deal with when it comes to her family. Word associations like New Year’s Eve Celebration … Shadow … To Do … Perfect … Drink of the Day …
Poor kid, she got off to a rocky, raucous start with her brothers, but things have settled down. We don’t all contribute every day, but there is enough of a representation to post a passel of pix each night. And, despite posting a master schedule, she has to “remind” us of the daily thought. One thing about the Siccardis; we have a short attention span!
I don’t know if she realizes it — or her familial circle realizes it — but the exercise is yet another way to keep connections among family members alive and thriving despite being spread out over five states. Usually when posting, we’ll add an anecdote that will keep the virtual conversation going for hours (especially when some of the missing finally check in).
That’s what I’ve tried to do. I already told you about our daily good morning chats and how often they veer off in — well, let’s just say — weird directions. In addition I send the family a thought for the day and a visual for the day, something reflective or whimsical. They never know what to expect. For my Facebook friends I post a reflective thought [usually from Ron Hutchcraft], a visual thought and a tongue-in-cheek today’s celebration [today was National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, National Fruit Compote Day, National Pig Day, Share A Smile Day & World Compliment Day]. Weekly, I share words for the week with my family, friends and prayers partners. I send these individually so I consciously pray for them and their needs. And each Wednesday I collectively send them some midweek mirth, hopefully putting a smile on their faces.
I don’t do these activities for the feedback [although they are appreciated], but rather just to stay connected with my family and friends, to let them know they are important to me. It’s an outreach and a ministry letting them know I am there for them.
After all, we are all on a journey … and road trips are more fun with company!
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.