Too Many “Shoulds”


Wynne, one of my teacher friends, posted on Facebook a gentle admonition to parents, reminding them that summer is a time for relaxation and renewal for children.  Her words reminded me that freedom from scheduling and over-enrollment in activity is beneficial, not just for rest and re-creation, but also for the development of creative thinking and action.

As I read her post, I thought of you –and me – and the plans and projects that fill our thoughts and burden our days, in all seasons.  I suspect that you are much like me.  I so often drop into bed at night, weary, yet dis-satisfied, because I have failed to complete the self-appointed tasks that I had listed for the day.

Too often exhausted by the “shoulds”, I fail to appreciate the “coulds” and enjoy the “woulds” of life’s possibilities.  Who says I SHOULD do anything, except live love in every day?  What COULD I do, if I were not hounded by a list?  What WOULD happen in, and to, and through me, if I took the time in this safari to simply BE, instead of always trying to DO? 

And what satisfaction would grow up in my spirit, what peace could permeate my soul, if I were simply to follow the One who wants to lead me beside still waters, instead of racing down the white-water rapids of life?


Will you join me this summer in a slowing down of “should” thinking?  Will you accompany me in meditating on the “coulds” of opportunity that will occur if we allow the “woulds” of grace to lead us?  I will delight in reading your adventures, on your personal safaris, if you share them here.


About Rev. Carol Crawford Rowe

Mother of two, Grandmother of six, Widow of two, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Minister and follower of Jesus Christ, Author, Lover of Life, Avid Reader, RN, Nurse Educator and Psychiatric Nurse, Retired Pastor, still in active ministry in the marketplace.
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