When You Need a Little More Mischief in Your Life

February 4, 2016 | Posted in: Enjoyable Nonsense, Parenting and Chronic Illness, Relationships

Remember when we were fun? When we laughed out loud, stayed up late and talked about more than symptoms?

 

Remember when we were known to cause a little mischief now and then and we weren’t the least bit sorry?

 

I miss us.

 

You too, huh?

 

What if it didn’t have to be this way? I mean, what if we could remember we are more than our list of symptoms, medications, and upcoming doctors appointments?

 

 

I’ve been reading this book. “Love Does” by Bob Goff. I’m not exactly sure why it took me so long to buy it when I’d heard so many wonderful things about it or why, once I’d made the purchase, it floated around in my purse for two months before I dove in. But within the first two purse stained pages, I wanted to write Bob Goff and tell him what a gifted, funny author he was. And also kindly request that he remove his hand from my soul and stop digging around in there. Reading it hurt. Not, someone drop-kicked me down the stairs while telling me my Momma was smelly kind of hurt, more of an uncomfortable ache as the buried desires of your heart begin to stir, hurt. The whole premise of the book is encapsulated in loving extravagantly, living life to the fullest and occasionally engaging in a little harmless mischief. Everything he writes about is everything that’s ever been written on my heart.

 

It’s also extremely challenging to implement in this season of my life.

 

And so maybe it was easier to forget that I wanted to love extravagantly, that I wanted to laugh out loud, engage in my fair share of mischief.

 

Maybe it was easier to throw my hands up in the air and say, “I can’t!” or ever so subtly convince myself I don’t need or want those things, to just bury the desires altogether.

 

Ever been there?

 

Meet Steve.

 

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A friend of mine gave him to me as a Christmas present several years ago. I was single, and he was my “boyfriend”. My roommate and I weren’t always nice to Steve, but we did have fun.

 

Soccer Steve Video

 

After I had gotten married, the kids carried on the tradition, hiding Steve in various places around the house, terrifying family members and strangers alike.

 

Yesterday, (after calling and speaking with Bob Goff ) it occurred to me that no one had done anything terrible with Steve in far too long. Our daily lives had been taken over by talk of appointments, medications, report cards, car repairs, life.

 

So I decided that we needed a little more Steve and a little less stress.

 

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Sadly, my son Hayden found Steve in his backpack before he left for school.

 

Maybe hiding a mannequin head in your son’s backpack isn’t your idea of fun. What is? What things don’t require a ton of money or energy, just creativity? What movie makes you laugh out loud no matter how many times you watch it? What friend’s jokes are so bad you can’t help but laugh? Whatever it is, make room for it. Laughter is the best medicine.

 

And after all, life is too short not to enjoy the ride.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Bethany
    February 4, 2016

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    I LOVE the book Love Does! Bob Goff is so “outside of the box” and I LOVE IT!!!

    • Stacey Philpot
      February 4, 2016

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      He has such a funny, wise way about him that just makes you want to invite him over to back yard BBQs.

  2. Bonnie Lyn Smith
    February 4, 2016

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    Haha….you had me with the mannequin picture! Such a good point. I don’t deal with chronic illness but do live with a child who is at endless appointments for mental wellness and regulation. I have become that person who sits around and only discusses the next intervention or bill. Time to find a Steve in our lives and lighten up! Blessings!

    • Stacey Philpot
      February 4, 2016

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      Adulting can be so all-consuming. Before we know it, life has sucked us dry.
      #stevetotherescue

  3. Bonnie Lyn Smith
    February 4, 2016

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    PS I LOVED that book!

  4. Lori
    February 4, 2016

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    Hah! That Steve is something!

    At one of our stops on our travels, a fellow in the RV next to us had this shadowy figure sitting in his truck passenger seat. All. The. Time. It was freaky. Finally hubby and I couldn’t contain our curiosity, and looked into his window. It was a mannequin. Later the story came out, that this guy had bought the mannequin after his girl-friend left him, to prove that she wasn’t any better than a mannequin… (sad story, but funny in a macabre way)

    Love Does is an GREAT book! Whenever someone references it, I have this vision of all of them jumping off the dock in their clothing… (boy, I hope you’ve read that part. already)

    • Stacey Philpot
      February 4, 2016

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      I haven’t read that part, but I’m looking forward to it! The great part about his writing is that having a feeling about what’s coming next doesn’t spoil the fun or the message.

      And I think I maybe would have scooted down a few spots from the man driving around with a mannequin girlfriend replacement. (said the girl who’s driven all over with Steve as her passenger, delighting in freaking people out.) 🙂

  5. Andrea Stunz
    February 4, 2016

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    How fun!! Thanks for the reminder to lighten up. I’m not good at that at all. Laughter is the best medicine.

    • Stacey Philpot
      February 4, 2016

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      You are so busy caring deeply and tending to the hearts of others, you forget to laugh. I know how it is. Love that deeply moved heart of yours.

  6. Megan B
    February 5, 2016

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    What I want to know is what did you and Bob talk about?! I read his book last year and briefly thought about trying the number but something in me was concerned I’d have nothing to say and “who am I to call Bob Goff” though after reading his book I think he’d be so kind and inviting.

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