List chasers we are

pexels-photo-811575.jpegIt is not even 6:30 a.m. yet, and it appears that people already are busy and on the run. Literally. I wonder how other people wake up and greet the day.

Twenty years ago or so, I rose at 5 a.m. every day. When you have four children, let’s face it. That is the only time of the day you can gather your thoughts – usually – as they are still asleep. One of my mentors encouraged me in this. Grab your coffee, journal and your Bible. Pray and get your head set. Get dressed, do your hair. Be ready for the day before they are.

Ah ha. Yes.

Some mornings, my daughter Phoebe would be up already. Her name means Bright One of the Morning for a reason (though surely as a teenager, she was not a morning person.)

One morning, I stumbled into the kitchen at dark-thirty, poured my coffee, and went to the dining room chair to wake up at some point. But Phoebe was way ahead of me. A light went on. Squinting terribly, I was like, oh dear. Not yet.

“Mommy, you look like a fruit bat!” she said.

And so a tradition was born. Anyone in my early morning world who has ever seen me “first thing,” pre-coffee has seen the same thing.

Which brings me to my second thought. After caffeine. The list.

To Do. I guess mine is pretty simple. Make it to work, work hard. In my spare time, develop my Mary Kay business. Write the next best seller. Share my blog to the four winds. Learn how to be the queen of social media. Work hard so you can play hard.

I want more time for creativity. For family, friends. Pursuits. Everyone has 24 hours.

A friend of mine posted on Facebook that she and her daughter played “hookie” yesterday, at the beach. A day away from the world. They pitched their list, figuratively, to the high seas for the day. I think it is a good idea to do that occasionally.

Maybe we cannot run away for a day. Maybe for us it is simply taking an hour or so every night to do something we love. Recharge. Sharpen the saw, they say.

Several people I know say, “well I used to play an instrument,” or paint, or whatever. And when you ask them why they do not anymore, usually, it is time.

“You make time for what is important to you.” The words of my mentor.

Have a splendid day. Let’s chase our list. But have fun while doing it.

2 thoughts on “List chasers we are

  1. Reading your glitter today bought me wonderful memories. Getting up in the morning to take my son to school. He was in third or fourth grade. I hated leaving him. One day as I watched him relentlessly walking into school, I called him back and told him…”what do u think about you and me playing hooky today”……he looked at me with this confused look on his face I told him get in…that little face just lite up an on we went to explore some part of the island we lived on…I loved that time we had together…relaxing and bonding…getting to know each other…exploring life together….I cherish these memories. He is now 45 years old. We forget they grow up so fast but the memories will be there forever….Make memories with you family and friends for this will be your happy place as you get old.

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