|South shore of Lake Erie. December 28, 2013.|
December 31. A new year is on the horizon as the holiday season begins to draw to a close. And the world is busy. There were gifts to exchange, family members to visit, flights to catch, miles to drive. There were cards to mail, cookies to bake, gifts to return, and pictures to take.
Instead of pausing to catch our breath, we plunge ahead. We make resolutions, and we resolve to do more. We think of the things we should be doing, could be doing, would be doing, if we just had more time/money/energy/smarts.
Rarely, rarely, are we ever told to stop. Rarely, rarely, do we ever hear the word, “Enough.”
I am not against making resolutions or setting goals. Goals help us accomplish tasks or take action. I personally start each day with a to-do list (even on the weekends or on days when I’m not at work.)
Here is what mine looked like this morning:
1. mail mom’s calendar
2. mail check to dad
3. mail thank-you notes
4. change dr.’s appt
5. kickboxing – 12pm
6. send receipt to Chrissy
8. make grocery list
I skipped kickboxing and went to the pool instead, but everything else on that list, except #7, has been accomplished. I even walked the dog and fed the chickens, who at last have been bequeathing us intermittent eggs.
Yet goals alone do not provide purpose. They are only increments that show progress, not the destination itself.
So today, give yourself a break. Pause. Stop looking for something to do or feeling guilty because you aren’t doing something that you could. Dare to rest. Dare to breath. Dare to say that for today, you yourself are enough.
Happy New Year.