Aside from getting much needed rest and checking off the “to do” list, it affords a different pace. With that change in pace, oftentimes for me, comes perspective.
I was getting sucked into the lie that said, “You must just do one more thing.” For me, that lie spread across work, home, housework, laundry, and parenting.
I was literally “just one more thinging” myself to death.
Self discovery one: I can’t do it all. Just one more thing really isn’t just one more thing. The list will never end. There will always be one more thing to do. In Elsa’s famous words, “Let it frickin go!”
Self discovery two: Turn it off. Yep, technology that is. When the work day is done, turn it off and leave it off. That includes removing work email from my cell phone. I had no idea how liberating it was to not look at the little box pop up on my screen.
Self discovery three: I have to run. In the morning. When I wait until the afternoon to work out, it’s a crapshoot.
Self discovery four: Just say thanks. There are a thousand things I notice are out of place, I want, I need and I don’t have. Rather than focusing on those things constantly, I have taken to remembering a little ditty from my childhood. (Thank you Psalty the Singing Songbook!) “Just be thankful for the good things that you got. For the good things that you got are for many just a dream. Just be thankful for the good things that you got.”
These are not earth shattering discoveries. Heck, I’ve made these before in a past season of life. YET apparently I didn’t learn my lesson.
I am aware, every.single.day. how fleeting this life is. I recently heard someone say (Bill Hybels I think) that the grass in my front yard will outlive me. Reality check.
So there you go…musings this late August day at a local Starbucks.