I once was the poster child for routines and “to do” lists. The rush I got each time I crossed off something on the list was intoxicating. This focusing on details gave me a momentary sense of control and power.
But then there were those days when the “to do” list was left unfinished because I had either overextended myself or my day was rudely interrupted. Having not received my daily fix of control and power. I drifted off to sleep listening to the haunting melody of shame and disappointment.
Like so many I had drunk the Kool-Aid. Believing the messages that if you do this, buy this, become this kind of person you can have a great life. One filled with love, power and recognition. Although I was living the American Dream, dissatisfaction, unhappiness and the nagging feeling there was more to life than the daily grind were my daily companions.
Thankfully, I stopped focusing on me. Instead, focusing on Jesus and building His Kingdom. In the process, my vision of a life of significance totally changed.
I no longer make daily, monthly, yearly “to do” lists. I identify the “one thing” I must accomplish each day. Any other accomplishments are icing on the cake. By the way, I sleep like a baby at night. No more melancholy lullabies.
I say no more than I say yes. Protecting my daily “empty time” is paramount to my spiritual and physical being and my happiness.
When “hell” is breaking loose around me. I ask myself. In one year will this matter? Most of the time my answer is no. For those times it isn’t no. I ask the Lord to teach me what I need to learn in order to travel to the next “life crossroad”.
This journey to becoming who I was created to be is challenging at times, but it’s also one I will never regret beginning because today:
- I see the forest, not the trees.
- I don’t sweat the small stuff.
- I stop to smell the roses.
- I want to be the best version of me.
My focus was radically adjusted that Sunday almost fourteen years ago when I decided to make my daily “to do” list a daily “to be” list.
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Have a great day! Rita
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!