Friday, January 29, 2010

slip n' slide

Last Sunday at St. Paul's annual meeting our youth director (Steve Roe) mentioned the importance of  developing an attitude of  youthfulness for our congregation.  I've been thinking all week about what that would look like - and then I saw this photo and realized that youthfulness requires some elements of playfulness. 

Look at that man...for all we know he might have just left the office of his supervisor upstairs, who informed him that his job was being downsized, but after sliding he is able to shake the bad news off and his inner child is delighted!

Imagine if every time you had to retrieve something from upstairs what joy you would anticipate knowing that you'd be able to slide back down?  Is this just a fabulous way to embrace youthfulness?  All offices, churches, and homes should be required to have one.  And for those of us with grandchildren, it would only raise our coolness factor with them.  Now, all I need is a two-story house. 

5 comments:

P.J. said...

LOVE IT...IT'S LIKE BREAD...YOUTH....NICE AND FRESH...AGE (CAN BE) STALE...I BELIEVE IT IS ISOLATION THAT MESSES US UP...HAVE TO HAVE THE MIX...U KNOW...KEEPS IT SPICY AND FRESH...I THINK STIMULATION IS THE RIGHT WORD..,LUV U ROBERTAAAAAAAA XOXOX

Jayne said...

Well now... how could you go down THAT every day and not have a happy heart? :c)

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

You know, once of the ways I can tell when I'm too stressed out is that I lose my sense of playfulness.

I want that slide.

ROBERTA said...

Ruth, interesting point. I'll try to remember that next time I'm feeling stressed. thanks!

Vicki said...

A similar concern was raised in my church. The minister made the point that to have young people feel as valued members of the congregation, it was important to include them, listen to them, value their opinions. It made sense to me, even though I'm a childless, sometimes childish, old fuddy-duddy.