The “To Do” List

I have lots of “To Do” lists. I think everyone does.  And sometimes it gets a hold of me. I want to finish everything on that “To Do” list and when I do, I feel great. I feel like I’ve accomplished something but then all I did was cross off things on my list only to add more things to it.  It becomes a vicious cycle that never ends.  I delete then I add.   I run around like a crazy girl on weekends driving here and there, doing this and that,.  When traffic is bad.   I use the time to call up people and check on stuff I otherwise don’t have time to.   I plan my route so it is most efficient, but some days I can be out of the house by 8am and not be back till almost 9pm.   I feel like a winded clock.  I can’t wait to get home.  When I do, I rush up to my room and collapse on my bed like it was my saviour.  I fall asleep thinking about what I have to do tomorrow and next week.  My brain is on a perpetual “go.”  Some nights I dream of things I have to do.

That though isn’t really life.  Accomplishng tasks shouldn’t be what life is all about.

Life isn’t really about how many things you get done in one day.  Life isn’t about how many things you’ve crossed off the “To do” list or how many things you have left to do.  Life is more than that.  Life as Alex says so clearly is also about learning to just enjoy and appreciate the moment.  We need to go easy on ourselves sometimes.  Sometimes life could be just sitting quietly with one’s thoughts or watching that beautiful sunset.   Life could be waking up early to watch the sunrise or sitting at the coffee shop people watching with a good book in hand.  All this calm amidst the chaos is also life.  It balances us out.

If you spend your life running around accomplishing tasks, but never once just sit quietly, rest and remind yourself about how lucky you are to have this life, then you would be forever stuck in this rat race.  Stuck like a hamster running on the wheel that has no end until it collapses and falls off from exhaustion.  It ends up needing medical help to help it revive.  Therefore, other than all the “To Do” lists we have in this hectic world, don’t also forget another part of life that also balances us out.  Sitting quietly or reading a good book is part of being alive.  Listening to music or watching that beautiful sunset can be so good for the soul you wouldn’t know what hit you. 

Get off the wheel every now and then and give yourself a rest.  Give yourself time to enjoy the other side of life before it passes you by.  You deserve it.  Give yourself some “Me” time to rediscover yourself before it gets lost in the “To Do” list.

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