The following post is an adaptation of a blog I wrote on July 2, 2012. It’s about managing the stresses of packed schedules from a prayerful perspective and the benefits of summer camp. But even if you don’t go to camp or have a child at camp, I think there’s a message here for everyone. You can also read this post on my weekly syndicated blog, “Health Conscious” at MetroWest Daily News.
I’ve just emerged from the land of trunk-packing and clothes-labeling for my kids’ summer camp experiences. Of course they helped with this effort, but it all converged around the time of studying for final exams and attending end of year school activities.
I’ve begun to see, though, how potentially stressful moments like these are reminders of the importance of staying centered. I do that best through a daily practice of prayer. Sometimes my prayer can be as simple as saying no to stress and yes to peace and balance in my life. It helps me to focus on the good that’s going on, including being mindful of the many positive opportunities that summer camp experiences give to my family.
At this time of year, when Americans celebrate the July 4th holiday, I think about the role summer camps play in providing an environment where kids learn valuable lessons in independence and are free to just be kids–no school deadlines or over-packed schedules. Continue reading