Out the Door (repost)

What are you usually thinking about as you head out the door?

I’m often running through a mental checklist, trying to make sure I have everything (and everyone!) I need for whatever activity I’m heading toward. Here’s a typical leaving-the-house script for me:

Keys? Check.
Purse? Check.
Money? Check.
Phone? Check.
Kids? Check.

Oh–I just realized–we’re going to be driving right past the library! Kids, grab whatever books you’re done with and we’ll drop them off…

Oh, can you get my Pepsi off the table–I wasn’t quite done with it…

Oh crap, did I put on deodorant….?

Sound familiar, or is this just me? (Please, please comment and tell me I’m not alone in this…)


A couple days ago, a friend posted a snippet of a prayer on Twitter. I liked it, so I looked up the whole thing–and then I liked it even more.

And it got me thinking: Maybe I could walk out my door in a better frame of mind. Maybe, just maybe, I could shift that pattern into something a wee bit healthier.

I printed the prayer out all pretty-like, and posted it next to our front door, so I’ll see it every time I leave the house. I may swap it out with other thoughts or prayers or blessings as I find things I like–just to keep things fresh. But the idea is this: when I leave my house, when I head out into my community, I want to do it well. I want to walk out the door with a full heart rather than a cluttered mind.

What thoughts/ideas do you have on this?

Here’s the prayer, by the way. From what I can tell, it’s an old Celtic blessing. (Let me know if you have further knowledge on its origins–or if you like it enough to post it by your door.)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you,
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.