Have you ever stopped to think in the rush and crazy schedules of our daily lives, not just how you have filled your day, but how your day filled you? I ran across this sentence in the latest issue of Oprah (thanks Mom for the subsciption!), and it really struck me.
I often begin each day by cooking my kids breakfast, packing backpacks, lining up boots by the front door, and getting three people to school and errands in a mad rush. We all have full lives, with obligations that are often met by a set of lists to check off at the end of the day. I have always been a very scheduled person, it helped me calm the chaos when my kids were smaller, and creates a sense of order in a life that can often feel like it is veering out of control. I am calmed by order and rigid control, which is something that can derail me if I’m not careful. I get so busy crossing out my to do list and thinking of what is coming up next, that I forget to embrace today. Sometimes I have to stop and think, what is right in front of me?
What is right in front of me are two children, in feetie pajamas, watching a movie by the light of a Christmas tree.
What is right in front of me is a home filled with all of my favorite things, which never fails to comfort me.
What is right in front of me is a cozy bed with warm blankets, and a Kindle loaded with three new books to devour.
What is right in front of me is a space to pour out of thoughts and feelings, and have them returned to be tenfold.
What is in front of me is good music to run to on a treadmill, and a body that is strong enough to do so.
What is right in front of me is a husband that shares years and years of memories, from our earliest days in college to our life today with two kids.
I don’t want to float through life, waking up twenty years from now and mourning what I missed. I want to really feel each day, creating opportunities and moments where my day fills me up, and not the other way around. I’ve always been really good at protecting my time and finding time to do what means the most. I’m a voracious reader, so I make time for that daily, just like I make time to snuggle with my babies at the end of the day, or hug my husband and laugh with him over something crazy. I protect my time with my family and myself because it is what keeps me sane, and too much craziness makes me crazy.
Guarding my time and energy is really important to me, my sanity, and my relationships. I thrive on alone time, I believe it truly regenerates me and creates peace in my soul. Now I want to take it a step further and find the activities and moments that really fill me up as a person, and create a day that I can be proud of and not run down by.
Tell me, how does your day fill YOU? (Or is it the other way around?)