I’ve wanted to share this article with you for well over a year now, and coming across it again the other day reminded me of it. It’s about coming to terms with how few items can reasonably make it onto our to-do lists each day if we want to live in a peaceful state.
Since being away from the blog and physically away from home for a 10-day trip, as well as taking care of my daughter this summer, I’ve thought less about to-do lists and more about really sinking into the activities that are right in front of me. It’s not so much that I was preoccupied before, but I was constantly in a rush for some reason. Getting away from my lists and my self-imposed structure was a lovely reprieve and I hope not to get enmeshed in that again.
When a dear friend stopped my frenzy last month and reminded me that I don’t have to do every Life Book weekly assignment or even post on the blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I was stunned into calmness and peace. I mean, really, who besides me is watching what I accomplish?
With some perspective gained from being away, I can see that all my rushing was caused by having too much on my list and yet still adding more items to it every day. I know it’s hard to change my basic temperament and that I’m most likely to want to get everything done at once, but I’m getting better at stopping myself and telling myself that something can wait.
So tell me in the comments how you fare at doing fewer things each day, but with more presence and happiness. I’m interested.