I’m sitting here on my patio, listening to the trickle of water from my fountain and feeling the cool morning breeze on my face. This is where I want to be. There’s nothing else I want to do. I want to stay here all day. I want to pretend that I have no responsibilities at all.
But that just isn’t how I function. Instead, I’ve already made a to-do list of at least nine different actions that must take place today to prepare me for the rest of the week. I’ve mentally shifted from restful Sunday morning to task-oriented Monday-through-Friday. I have to make calls. I have to prep equipment. I must clean parts of the house. I should wash clothes and clean my garage.
There is so much to do, so many tasks, so few hours in a day to get it all done…
But then, it will never all get done. Will it? Isn’t there ALWAYS something else on the list of Life’s To-Do’s? Sure, I’ll do some things to make my next week a little easier. But I don’t have to do it all in one day. And after reviewing the list, I see that half of the items can be done another day. One third of the remaining list will take little or no effort.
And in their place I scratch a new list: Go to church, read a book, walk with my wife, play chess with my son, and meditate 15 minutes. If I accomplish these items, I will have really done something great. In fact, I would argue that this is a much better list and one I can easily live with on a beautiful Sunday morning.