Do you find you have a strong attachment to your planner or to your “to-do” list? If you are anything like me, it’s probably equivalent to one of your best friends.
Just consider it. It guides you through your day, and saves you from those embarrassing moments of missed deadlines, forgotten birthdays, or late rent payments. It greets you every morning, and brings you unmatched joy when it somehow turns up blank. It is a constant, continual reminder that you are needed somewhere, to accomplish something.
However, at times, they feel endless.
Work. Class. Soccer Practice. Oil Change. Mow the lawn. Dance recital. Pay bills.
Call family. PTA meeting. See the doctor. Grocery Shop. Laundry. Sleep.
If you find yourself overcommitted at times, chances are you might feel frustrated, upset, or overwhelmed. With so much going on, we sacrifice the rest and relaxation we need to perform at our best. We long for days with no commitments, and the freedom to change how we spend our time.
The next time you begin to feel this way, I’d like to encourage you to shift into a perspective of gratitude. Instead of a “to-do” list, consider it a “Get-to-Do” list. When the list gets long or the planner gets full, take a second to run through it, and consider the hidden joys that each chore holds. Consider the above list, shifted under this new light:
Work -> I get to be employed, when so many are searching for jobs.
Class -> I get to pursue an education that will set me up for future success.
Soccer Practice -> I get to have children that are healthy and active.
Oil Change -> I get to own a reliable vehicle.
Mow the lawn -> I get to have a safe place to call home.
Dance recital -> I get to watch my children follow their dreams.
Pay bills -> I get to have electricity, showers, and a warm home.
Call family -> I get to own the technology that allows me to talk to those I love.
PTA meeting -> I get to have the time to be involved in my children’s education.
See the doctor -> I get to live in a country where healthcare is available.
Grocery shop -> I get to go to the store, instead of collecting my own dinner.
Laundry -> I get to have a closet of clothes that fit me well and keep me warm.
Sleep -> I get to have a clean and comfortable bed to lay in every night.
If you find yourself slipping into a habit of complaining about your busy schedule, this could be your cue to take a step back. Reevaluate those areas in your life that are causing you stress, and look for silver linings among the dark clouds. Be excited for all of the daily opportunities in your life. Chances are, one day you might miss them.
So, what do you get to do this week?
Shelby Allen serves as a Marketing Intern for LeaderShape. She is a 23-year-old Okie who enjoys dancing, travel, campus life, jigsaw puzzles, and summertime. Post-graduation, she hopes to continue encouraging and leading others to live in possibility.