DO-ing isn’t just about being practical and productive. While I’d love to completely organize my home and never be threatened by clutter again, and while I’d love to fulfill some of my life-long dreams or conquer same age-old fears…this challenge is really about trying to be all we can be in the time we have here on earth.
Sometimes it means instead of cleaning the kitchen, you dirty every pan in the house and “open a bakery” of handmade treats for family and friends.
Sometimes it means calling that friend you’ve known since the 4th grade, but hardly ever find the time to talk to and spending some of those anytime minutes getting caught up OFF of Facebook.
Something horrible happened in a small school in Connecticut last Friday, and other horrifying things happen to innocent people everyday somewhere in the world.
No matter what plans we make or how hard we try to be the very best we can be, we are not in control of our future. Our phone plan might guarantee us a certain number of minutes, but life does not.
Something unexpected is bound to happen. Sometimes that unexpected something is beyond our worst nightmares.
We get the tiniest, microscopic taste of this every day, when something “goes wrong.” Do you grumble and curse like I do when something stupid or even slightly catastrophic foils your plans?
I know I thought it was catastrophic a good while back when one of my kids overflowed the toilet upstairs, flooded the bathroom, and sent the flooded potty waters down through the ceiling and onto my head in the living room downstairs. It sure seemed catastrophic at the time.
But it wasn’t, not really.
And neither is it catastrophic that I didn’t get the fridge cleaned out today. It’ll get done. But, the fact is, when the end of my life comes, I’m never ever going to say, “Gosh, I wish I’d spent more time cleaning the fridge!”
I don’t want to have to say, “I wish I’d spent more time loving my family” or “I wish I hadn’t kept putting off my dreams” or…I think you get the point.
I invite you to choose wisely. To DO, but to also BE, and to make memories.