Yesterday, I read this slice by Nicole over at More Than Blueberries, and I’m excited to sit and start my day this way. This day, that yawns before me wide with possibility of doing much, which ironically is sometimes even more relaxing and satisfying than doing nothing. Today, I long to make the use of the time I have alone, in order to make even better use of the time I have with the other three who fill this whole house up with love and life. I was reminded by Trish’s post yesterday that “when it’s time to let it go…let it go. When it’s time to get it done. Get it done.” And to “enjoy all the durings while you’re at it!”
* List 7 things you are grateful for right now. *
A quiet home, this comfortable place under a warm blanket on my couch, my dog lazily chewing on his bone beside me, especially after hearing that my mom had to put down her sidekick of 11 years just yesterday. The soft click of the beautiful wall clock I found at an antique store, the glow of the lamp from atop my $1 piano purchased from Craigslist a few years back, the book beside me waiting to be read once I’ve enjoyed the perfection brewed into the cup beside me.
* How are you feeling right this minute? *
Relaxed, focused, hopeful and filled with peace. And, in desperate need of a shower.
* What are your intentions for today? (Not your to-dos, but your general approach) *
Make good use of time, by accomplishing even a few small things. I often start several projects which leaves me feeling a bit scattered. Today, I’d like to finish up some that have been lingering, and perhaps start-to-finish one more.
* What did you learn yesterday? (What new insights did you gain?) *
Sometimes a task that seems daunting turns out to be just what you needed to focus, and that there is joy in simply being and not always doing. Hearing the kids say that they’d prefer to stay home than go into town, to reschedule their chiropractor appointments, and honoring their request when I can instead of always pushing them forward at a pace they aren’t always choosing – that was a valuable lesson.
* What are your wishes, wants, and desires for the immediate future? The distant future? *
For the immediate future I’d love a clean house with a few finished projects done so it’s ready to be listed in a couple of months, a healthier, thinner body, and more laughter in life. In the distant future, I would love a home closer to town in a neighborhood where the kids can ride their bikes to friends’ houses, and a hop on the rivertrail is quick and easy. I would love a basement. A garage. And in the far distant future, I would love to publish…something. For the second time in a matter of weeks, I’ve had someone ask me if I’ve published. Sure, I click “Publish” all the time – especially in March, I thought to myself. But I got to thinking that I even if it’s collecting and revising a few posts into some semblance of themes, and self-publishing, I think it’s something I’d like to do…Someday.
* What are your to-dos? *
- Prescription refills
- Tidy up
- Burn 3 cds
- Place a picture order
- Reply to some emails/messages
- Make muffins
- List a few items for sale
- Possibly paint the kitchen wall OR Organize the holiday bins in the attic
This post was written as part of a monthly challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers, to encourage writing and community.
The goal is to write a Slice of Life entry each day throughout the month of March.