I recently read Superhero’s take on the To Do List. This is a common topic in the blog world and often I walk away from the entries I read commiserating, understanding, but rarely enlightened. But this entry? Got me thinking. Is this TRUE? Am I stuck in this To Do List cycle forEVER?
Oh my. I think I am. I think she’s right. There will ALWAYS be something new on that list. ALWAYS.
I don’t mind the To Do List so much. (I act like I actually have one organized, which I don’t. But for the sake of this entry let’s pretend I do.) On the days I don’t make it to the end of my list I feel disappointed, but that’s EVERY DAY. I never finish everything so I just accept it. BUT – I always go to bed thinking, Tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll do more.
But…she’s right. It’s never really done, is it? So why do I let it bother me? Why, on many days, do I let it overwhelm me? Why can’t I got to bed thinking, Damn. I did good today. A paradigm shift is right.
Which is another way of saying, let’s love each moment as much as possible. I can see how simply doing what’s in front of you, with as much mindfulness and joy as you can is a piece of the puzzle. Maybe we should trash our to-do lists and create some to-be lists instead.
Man. I love this sentiment. I love the idea of being in the moment. I often, as a Mom, wish I could be in the moment with my kids more. But I never thought about how that would benefit my whole life. What’s the point? What’s the point in taking care of my home, my job, my self? What’s the point if I don’t find someone way to enjoy it? I mean, I’m never going to happily scrub the toilets. Okay? I’m not saying that. But how amazing would it be if I could simply enjoy taking care of my family. Taking care of my home.
I’ve read book after book about putting the energy into the world that you want back from it. A basic karmic philosophy applied to everyday living. And this sentiment fits right into it.
This is the best thing about the blog world. Every day that I open my feed reader I open myself up for inspiration. I find inspiration for cool crafts, meals (Ha! Like I ever cook them…), decorating tips and blog topics. And some days? I find inspiration for even more.
I don’t know exactly the best way to try to shift my perception but I’m going to try. Instead of ending the day thinking about the things that didn’t get done, I’m going to wind down patting myself on the back. (‘Cause we all know no one else is going to do it! Am I right?) Instead of grumbling about putting up the shoes for the 10th time that week, I’m going to ask myself, Why do I care? If I’m doing something that makes me bitter, maybe I should make sure there’s a reason for doing it. If there is no good reason, maybe I can remove it from my To Do list. Or at least put it on someone else’s list. (Like the owner’s of the shoes!) If I can think of a reason I do something, like putting up laundry to clean up the clutter, then maybe I find a way to enjoy the clutter-free result. Bask in the product of my good work.
I love these type of revelations. These type of inspirations. These type of realizations that there are ways out of the rut. We’re not bound to these often frustrating patterns. If we’re open to the lives of others around us, different or not, we can find those ideas to inspire us. Thank you, Andrea. I need that kick in the ass out and out the doldrums.