Living Arts Weekly: Pause

July 14, 2019

There is a time to do, and a time not to do, and when we are slave to the habit of doing we are unable to distinguish between them.  – Charles Eisenstein

The photo above was posted on social media this week by LifeWays mama Meagan Schultz.  Meagan wrote,

“Look Daddy,” he says, standing on the dock in the flip flops he refuses to remove despite the blisters on the innocent flesh between his toes, because big boys wear flip flops. Big boys don’t need heel straps. They need callouses.

“Look Daddy,” he says, pointing a sharp stick of fire. “Spell your name,” I yell from behind the camera. He doesn’t hear me. And later, when he does, he’s not interested. He has a flaming stick, he’s not interested in cursive.

“Look Daddy,” he says, and I have to hope he never stops asking us to look.”
[Meagan Schultz is a gifted writer –you can read more of her writing on motherhood and life at]

I loved Meagan’s post, and asked her if I could share it with our LifeWays community, along with an invitation.  Take a moment this week and PAUSE.  Snap a quick photo of your child, or a child in your care, and write a brief summary of the moment as you saw it.  To help you remember and feel gratitude for moments like these.

Blessings on your week — and remember to pause,

Mary O’Connell, Your Living Arts Weekly blog editor

Creative Exploration

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Practical Activity

Watermelon-Lime Popsicles

4 cups cubed watermelon

2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

2 Tablespoons honey

Puree and pour into molds. Freeze until solid.  Enjoy!

Social Awareness

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