View this photo Do you keep a list of things to do? Am I the only one who types mine? Over the years, my friends and family have laughed over and joked about my "list" and the fact that I redo it each evening on the computer for the next day.
About three months ago, I decided to change the way I did it. It came from something I began to think about when our oldest daughter graduated. That is, I am not as concerned with what our girls are going to do with their lives, as I am with who they are going to be. The same is true of me. My "to do" list always seemed to be lengthy but didn’t really reflect the way I wanted me or my life to be. There always seems to be plenty to do, but some of the things that bring the most joy to my life and encourage me to be a better person, never ended up making the list. So, I revised it.
At the top I changed it to say, Be Inspired, Be a Blessing, Write, Create and Time With Friends. I’ve learned that less gets done when I am not inspired. A lot of things inspire me, so anything I pursue in this category benefits me all day long. I’m inspired by time spent in worship and in prayer. I’m inspired by reading the Word and by reading anything by Max Lucado. I’m inspired by quotes. I’m inspired by leafing through scrapbook magazines and books and reading things from people who are trying to keep it real. I can also be inspired by the beauty of the outdoors.
I also noticed that a lot of the things that I see as responsibilities on my list of things to do, could fall under the category, "Be a Blessing." Much of what I do is for other people, so when I changed the way I listed it, I was encouraged. The fact of the matter is, I can be a blessing many times a day, even when other things don’t get done.
I love to write and create mementos for my family and friends. When I don’t have a chance to do either, I feel suffocated. Staying true to that part of who I am is important and breathes life into my days. My time with friends is important to my mental health. I will drop almost everything to spend time with friends. The housecleaning gets set aside. Even the creative projects can be set aside. My time with friends makes me happy and feeds my soul, so I make it a priority. This can be time spent in person or by email with my far-away friends.
Just adding those words at the top of my list for each day, helped me to remember that I am defined, not by what I do, but by who I am. I do not cross these things off my list as I would any task, because they are things that I want to be ever-present in my life. I decided to narrow it down even further and make myself a reminder of what’s really important. So, using one of TAC’s clipboards, some beautiful Winchester paper and ribbon, I simply added "Be Inspired," "Be a Blessing" and "Be Creative." Most everything I do in a day will fall under one of those 3 categories. It provides a nice reminder and is just one more way I am trying to simplify life.
Is there something you can do to simplify your life or, like me, the way you see your life? I encourage you to do what you need to to make things simpler!
Have a great week!