I need a rhythm to my life. One that has a natural predictable progression of steady beats and breaks that flow effortlessly and intentionally. It simply needs to create a nice fine-tuned balance of GO and STAY… RUN and REST… WORK and RELAX… HURRY and SLOW DOWN… FUN and RESPONSIBILITY and of QUIET and CRAZY.
You get the idea.
Spring has none of that.
It’s all one big long snare drum roll, building louder and louder until that cymbal crashes and the base drum thunders over and over again, until every last event, performance, ceremony, banquet, graduation, field trip, wedding, and tournament is played out.
And all of a sudden, you wake up racing your kid off to summer swim team practice and another to camp… Wait, what?
Oh, it’s summer!
Summer crashed in with a bang and the metronome that safely ticked to keep that consistent rhythm of life flowing, has catapulted itself into the summer air, scattering significant memories that flew by in a blur and those scribbled to do lists were recklessly tossed aside.
Spring does that.
No matter how much I am prepared for the onslaught of activity, I have yet to get a firm grasp on those drum sticks to control the parameters of such a percussive pace. I believe it is perhaps impossible to figure out how to do such a thing…
So I hold on every year for dear life, and wake up each day with that sudden twinge of panic and race to the almighty calendar on our fridge to remind myself which what is where and when and who…
You get it. Right?
There’s simply no time for those elaborate to do lists, written out with thoughtful intentions and careful planning so as to gain control over the momentum of the rousing snare.
For the first time in weeks, I find myself finally sitting here alone and able to take in a breath of new summer beginnings, despite summer’s first day being May 22nd around here. I have been stirring inside with all kinds of thoughts about this wild ride of parenting and basically living- because Lord knows you don’t have to be a parent to withstand the drum roll of spring. If you know people- or are related to anyone… then surely you too may be thrown off your own regular rhythm for a time.
So as with every summer that comes, I plan to be intentional with my days. It’s just too darn easy to live them away without grasping at the moments that can be made to last a lifetime.
I tend to spill out minutes through my “To Do” lists, consequently flushing out too many wasted hours getting things “Done.”
Yeah, I know. Stuff’s gotta get done! But really? If you are a bit like me, that “To Do” list takes over the things that fill me with joy. We all have meals to prepare, laundry to wash, houses to clean, food to buy, plans to make, jobs to work, responsibilities to uphold… I get that.
But what about the other stuff? The good stuff of intention and fulfillment?
I’m making a new “To Do” list. And with this one-
I will have to check off at least one thing a day.
It’s my most important “To Do” list. The one that is a priority, over the wash and the dishes and the plans…
Do you have one?
I’m going to call it my Master List. Because it trumps all the others. I highly recommend it.
Mine goes a bit like this:
1. Bible Study. (I have wanted to do this Beth Moore bible study for years! I bought this book, I kid you not- at least four years ago.)
2. Read a good book. (Need I say more? I only have about 45 books on my ‘to read’ list…)
3. Connect with a friend. (I need this. Connection fills me.)
4. Write. (This is my creative outlet, my source of passion. I wilt when I can’t.)
5. Rest. (Duh.)
6. Watch a good movie. (I absolutely love a good movie… I just don’t take the time to do it. Who has two hours in a row?)
7. Play with the kids. (One of my greatest joys… truly embracing the FUN with my children!)
8. Have a date night with Hubs. (Oh, how much I love my man and we need this time together! Marriage nourishment a must.)
9. Walk/Exercise. (Freeing, endorphins, energy!)
10. Any project I want. (To fill my need for order and organization. I love a good project!)
There you have it! My MASTER “To Do” list!
I will check at least ONE thing off every single day…
The other lists will go on as they must, but THIS one?
Will be most important.
What is YOUR Master List?
What fills YOU?