Do you ever feel so stretched, that you don't feel like you could accomplish even one more thing in your day and yet the list never runs out?
I used to be a list maker, and truth be told, I still am, but I don't usually make lists of what I need to get done in a given day anymore. Why you ask inquisitively. Well, let me tell you.
BECAUSE THEY ARE DISCOURAGING!!!!!
that's right my friends, to do lists are discouraging!!! Sometimes only a few of the 15 things get scratched off, and yet I have worked hard all day. That reality leaves me feeling deflated and sad.
I have found another way, and I am going to share it with you, because I am a kind and generous person.....here it is, are you ready?... This is big, brace yourself, .......
I make an already did list!
No really, I do. I make a list at the end of the day of all that I did, and it is oh so encouraging, and I am all about encouragement! I include on my already did list, things that I don't include on a to do list, things that are important, and take up my time, but never get to be crossed off, for example: cuddled my 4 year old, listened to a story my 16 year old wanted to tell me, comforted my 9 year old after a nasty spill down the stairs, watched the pretty bird outside act funny, helped Haven re thread her needle 23 times, change the baby dolls clothes 52 times, answered the phone, comforted a friend, prayed for a sick child, swept up the cocoa puffs, wiped a nose, put on a band aid, cut an apple, tied a shoe, listened to a child sing , hugged, smiled at, helped, gave, smelled, taught, encouraged, tasted, cared, played, read, nurtured, nourished, disciplined, admonished,.....you get the picture! We all do a lot, and we are often so hard on ourselves when we can't accomplish all the things we think we should, but we forget all that we do along the way.
Try it tonight, make an already did list, and guess what, you don't have to cross off anything, cuz it's already done! Then, bask in the wonder of encouragement, and thank your maker for giving you the strength to do it all! It works for me, and you can find lots of other things that work for a lot of other cool people over here!
Now join me for this months thankfulness game
On this, the day before Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?
Today I am grateful for:
- The fact that tomorrow is almost here!
- The chance for part of my family to come to celebrate with us.
- A big piece of gingham I found for my Thanksgiving tablecloth
- The crisp air outside
- The chance to be grateful