The plan today was to post about planning.
I already had the post outlined in my head.
It would have been called Planning a Productive Week.
I’m headed into a busy week, and am keen to get organised and blast my way through my to-do list.
Then fate intervened (I’m a huge believer in keeping an eye out for the little things that come to teach us something).
Firstly I sat down to my to-do list at my desk to find this:
So cute. And of course the first thing I did is Instagram it (well it’d be rude not to)
And while over at Instagram I saw this quote:
“The person who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones” posted by Mama’s Haven (you can see it here).
I like the quote. A lot. And such a perfect start to today’s blog post on being productive. Perfect.
But then I headed on over to Oana’s blog and read this heart-wrenching post.
(Those who follow my blog know childhood cancer isn’t a stranger here – though I cannot compare our experience to Oanas)
That’s when I decided not to talk about productivity, and rather remind myself, about gratitude and making time to be in the moment. To appreciate what we have.
(I try to be as mindful as possible and wrote about it here)
It’s so easy to tie ourselves up in the busyness (and stresses) of everyday life, that gratitude for what we have, right at this moment is placed on the back-burner.
That isn’t to say we shouldn’t be productive, we should. And being organised can make more time for appreciating our lives. But when getting things ticked off the to-do list become more important that being in the moment, then it’s time to readdress the balance.
Today I am going to be productive, and get done what I can. But when I collect the kids, from school, I will down tools and disregard what’s left on my to-do list to be with them. Truly with them. In the moment.