I didn’t accomplish much this weekend. Visited with a friend. Bought some flowers and new shoes. Did my weekly shopping. Planted the aforementioned flowers. Did a few miscellaneous chores. Worked on my almost-completed jigsaw puzzle. Did a little research. Took a few pictures. Talked with my dad. Spent some time walking around. The older I get, the more I appreciate the days when I don’t have a “must do” list and I can just do a little of this and that. It calms me to be in charge of my schedule instead of feeling that the expectations of others are dictating my day. While having “something to do” keeps us active and engaged in the world, having too much to do can have dire consequences.
As I observe strangers and talk with friends and family I feel more strongly than ever that it is our frenzied lifestyle that brings us stress, illness, and strife. We have so much to “do” that it becomes more and more difficult to “be”. And we frequently neglect our health in order to accomplish things that often turn out to be far less important than we imagined. When I think back to many of the illnesses and even some of the accidents I had when I was younger I know many were caused by “burning the candle at both ends” as my mother was fond of saying. Being a working wife and mother left me little time to take care of myself or to simply be careful.
So today I would urge you to slow down a bit and cross one or two things off your “must do” list. Take a bit of time to breathe and listen to the birds and watch a cow meander…or whatever makes you happy and keeps you healthy.