I don't like many of the things Google does, manages, has access to, etc. - I do love the creative bent they invest in their home page logo. I'm sure there is a book or website somewhere that has all the different images they've had over the years. Today we should all be voting, and Google is providing a creative reminder.
Tuesday this week and Tuesday last week, how absolutely and significantly different these days are for me. One of the many aspects I love about not working, about being retired, about this wonderful time in my life: the opportunity everyday to decide what I want to do and some days I don't do anything.
Last week I volunteered at a golf tournament that supports St Jude's Hospital for Children. I worked all day Monday - from 7:30am to about 5:30pm. It was a great day, perfect weather, I met wonderful people and I was glad to be able to be part of the team that supported the charity event at Country Club of the South.
Tuesday when I got up I was tired - maybe too much fresh air being out on the golf course for 4-5 hours, one of my volunteer assignments was managing the "Putting Contest". So Tuesday for most of the day, I was taking it easy.
I met a friend for coffee at 8am. I read for several hours, I played with Maddie and Morgan, I went for a walk at Brook Run Park, I took a long wonderful nap, that is what I remember about Tuesday. I also remember that a few times during the day I was checking myself mentally, challenging myself not to feel bad about not doing or completing tasks.
While I don't have days like this often, it is interesting how I struggled, how I felt a tiny bit guilty about not having a concrete list that I was able to accomplish or check as completed for that day. No errands to run, no laundry, no cooking, no follow up on HOA items, no time at my desk upstairs on the computer, nothing. And Wednesday was much of the same.
Today I have list, a long list and many things are getting done, checked off, completed, this type of activity is so much more familiar and comfortable.
Why, why, why ?
I am headed to CA on Saturday to visit Toby and I will have days to practice not having a list of things to do and I will practice not having a negative feeling about this. One of the things I have to learn, to embrace, to enjoy - knowing that it is OK to have days without a list.
Maddie and Morgan certainly appreciate and love all the time I spend with them. Right now they are taking their morning naps, we've already had their first playtime for today. They take their morning naps seriously. It will be in the low 70*s today, so this afternoon they will be outside enjoying the day.
My list today is getting checked, checked, checked. I've done laundry, cleaned, payed bills, research some items I am working on. Right now a new cable drop is being buried in the front of my house; a large, efficient machine is boring a hole under the driveway. The Buford Market is on the list and also Brook Run Park. I have three books to read, I started one yesterday and will take the other two with me to CA.
Some thoughts to consider:
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way. ~
There is precious little hope to be got out of whatever keeps us industrious, but there is a chance for us whenever we cease work and become stargazers.
Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.