My weekly “to do” list is as long as it was on Monday. I’ve checked some items off but added others. I have ongoing projects at work and my plan to complete them hasn’t happened. The business letter I need to write is only half written.
At home the garage is still unpainted and the new garage door opener hasn’t been installed. My closet is still a mess and some of the pretty plants I bought to put in my front flower garden are still in the pots I brought them home in.
I did other things. Things that aren’t on the list.
I cooked homemade chicken noodle soup for my family and helped my oldest daughter with her Geography homework Monday night. I planned to be in bed early but had a nice conversation with my kids instead.
The next evening, my daughters and I did a 2 and 1/2 mile walk on the country roads around our home. We talked with the neighbors when we returned.
I ran into a friend this week and visited with her. Played in the yard with my youngest daughter and the dog and stayed up late one night talking with my husband.
And something I rarely do….I watched a favorite TV show. It was splendid.
Sometimes our plans don’t happen when or how we want them to. It’s frustrating. This week I chose to be flexible instead of staying irritated about thwarted plans. With three kids, full-time jobs, and all the other things we have going on…..I have to.
I will check those things off my “to do” list eventually. I have more important things to do first.
What if the choices you thought were small, were actually the ones that mattered?
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Satisfaction of a List.”