Sailing – for the Homeschool Mum (Part 3)

 

Today’s ‘sailing’ quote is one of the most well-known – Red sky at night, a sailor’s delight.  Red sky in morning, sailors warning.  Read on to see how this serves as a reminder to homeschool mums.

Sailing for the Homeschool Mum series: inspired by Mum Heart Conference 2016

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning – Folklore

 

I imagine that when sailors looked up at the sky at the end of the day and predicted the weather they were preparing themselves for their tomorrow.  On the days they woke in the morning to see a red sky – they no doubt revised their plans and knew their day was going to be – one of those days!

 

The success of our day lies in the success of the night before.  Now this isn’t a hard and fast rule – bad night equals bad day – because I believe we can turn things around; but it is an observation that good days actually start the night before.  I’ve seen this played out in three different areas of our life:

My To-Do List – When I not only know what is happening tomorrow, but am well prepared for it my day goes smoother. My friend and I always used to wonder about the slide that happened between the fan-tas-tic Monday’s we would have with our kids, and the oh-so-slow Wednesdays.  The difference was we were prepared for Monday, and by Wednesday we were making it up as we went along.  Having clothes ready, lessons plans sorted, menu planned, and to-do list prioritised, all helped me prepare for a good day tomorrow.

 

My House – having my house tidy and in order makes waking up and facing my day so much easier. Just recently we had a party that went a little late and I just had to go to bed.  I asked one of my big kids to at least put the food away before they went to bed.  When I woke in the morning not only did the kitchen shine – with everything washed and put away – but the whole living area was tidied and put in order.  I cried.    It was such a blessing that they went the extra mile and had the house ready for our day.  Obviously I don’t always have my house in order before I go to bed – but I certainly know the benefits when I do!

 

My Relationships – Spending time with the family the night before somehow sets a great tone for the next day. Our evening meals together are such a precious part of our family life.  Many years ago I read that the Jewish day starts the night before – think about Sabbath, it starts on Friday night.  But the book I was reading* claimed that this wasn’t just a weekend thing, but a part of how they lived their life.  They divide their days into Relationships, Rest, Work.  This is the cycle to their day – they start the night before with Relationships, they rest, and then they work the next day.    Somehow when we connect the night before we have a keenness to live life together the next day.

 

Have you observed these things in your family life?  How do you go with preparing for tomorrow before you go to bed?

PS – one other thing that comes to mind when I read this sailors quote about the red sky – and that is how I regret not stepping outside my house and enjoying the sunsets.  Sunset is a crazy busy time for mums, it certainly was for me – but I could have been prepared ahead of time, used my late afternoons differently so that I could see the glorious ending to the day that is what sunsets are all about.  I guess pausing and enjoying beauty, refreshes our soul, and is another way we can prepare for tomorrow.  Join with me, and catch tonight’s sunset!

Have you seen this work in your family?  What do you do to prepare for the day ahead?

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