I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I am running in circles–darting from one “emergency” to the next. When a friend asks me what I have been up to lately–or even what I did yesterday–I find myself at a complete loss to remember anything that I have done.
What have I been doing? I often ask myself.
I know that I don’t lounge about eating bon-bons and watching television all day. I also know that I spend much too much time in my car running errands. And no matter how many loads of clothes I launder, there are always more to do.
Every single day I am surprised by how quickly time has passed.
I admit that I am a listmaker. I love to cross things off and check boxes. Yes, I am the kind of person who even puts things on a list that I have already done just so I can check them off.
Grocery store. Check.
Dry cleaning. Check.
Prescriptions refilled. Check.
Library books returned. Check.
I often wonder about the things I put on my lists though. Do these things really matter in the long run? Is this how I want to be remembered?
I realize that these tasks are all part of running a household, being part of a family, living in a community. I am not suggesting that they don’t need to be done or that they aren’t important.
I just wonder if there are other things that I might need to add to my list.
Would I be able to cross these off my list each day? And if I did add these to my list, how might my day be different? How might my life be different?
I suspect that if I added these to my list and actually did them, my other list of tasks might not get accomplished.
How do I want to be remembered? As someone who was a listmaker and a list-checker? Or as a woman who listened, loved, was attentive and thankful?
I will let you guess which one I choose. What about you?