Some of the ladies on my list I've never met. Others I barely know. So, in an effort to get better acquainted I asked them each to answer the following questions:
1. How were you introduced to the church?
2. Who / Where is your family? Who are you closest too?
3. What's the best job and worst job you have ever had? If you could do ANY job you wanted what would it be?
4. What do you do for fun?
5. Do you have any hobbies and/or collections?
6. What challenges are you currently facing?
I very much enjoyed reading the answers that my ladies shared with me.
One in particular, however, gave me much food for thought.
After listing several activities she does in her leisure time she said: "Not all of these things are actually fun....define fun for me......"
Ya know, she has a point there.
What exactly do we mean when we say "FUN"?
According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary it says this about fun:
Main Entry: fun
Etymology: English dialect fun to hoax, perhaps alteration of Middle English fonnen, from fonne dupe
1: what provides amusement or enjoyment ; specifically : playful often boisterous action or speech
2: a mood for finding or making amusement
3 a: amusement, enjoyment
4: violent or excited activity or argument
synonyms fun, jest, sport, game, play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter. fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose
So that got me to thinking about what makes something "fun" for me...
Yesterday my husband and I teamed up to do some work in the yard. He ran the edge trimmer around the fence while I dead headed flowers and together we both pulled lots of weeds. It was work. No - wait a minute. It was fun. Yeah, it was work. But it WAS fun. We both enjoyed it a lot.
I've gone to some parties, museums, amusement parks that were supposed to entertaining only to find I had NO fun whatsoever for one reason or another.
So, in my mind FUN has less to do with the structure or type of activity and more to do with my mindset at the time.
And what determines my mindset? I DO. What happens around me certainly may support or challenge my mindset. But I honestly believe that how I feel at any given time has way more to do with what I'm internally choosing to focus on than it does with any external reality beyond my control.
So I suppose that means I can make my day to day comings and goings about as much fun as I choose to, right? In some cases I would have to work a lot harder at it than in other situations. Still, if fun is determined by how I feel rather than whatever it is I am doing - by extension that means I can choose to have fun a whole lot more often and in more different contexts than I currently do.
Do I buy that? If that is true why don't I have fun more often?
HMMMM. I'll have to think about this some more.