There's a group of type-A individuals who thrive on accomplishment. These people adore lists of all kinds. Packing lists. To do lists. Honey do lists. Lists of our dreams, goals, fears, strengths, weaknesses. Pro-con lists. Stationary companies are picking up on this phenomenon and making lists of lists you can list. I am not even kidding. How do I know this?? Because I am one of these list fanatics.
Sorry, not sorry.
I am dedicated to my to-do lists. I write, and often re-write them. Simply scrawling them on scrap paper is not a valid list making strategy. Pretty paper, lettering fit for a sign hung in our home, and no food/drink/boogers courtesy of our tribe of kids. If something isn't accomplished on the determined day (*gasp!*), it is promptly moved to the next day's list. Every effort possible is made to accomplish every designated item. The longer the list, the more crossed off, the more victorious I feel!
This very post is evidence of this commitment. If you read my post two weeks ago, you know our kiddos have been under the weather. Two days ago, the oldest fell victim to the upper respiratory sickness that had wreaked havoc on her 5 younger siblings. But yesterday - oh yesterday - another kid puked snot (hopefully? prayerfully!). Jesus, please be near.
The day has been spent wiping snot, doing mountains of laundry, getting my eye clawed by a child in a fit of rage (another story for another day), being a human jungle gym for the baby who is still recovering, and me trying to accomplish this insanely long list of things I assigned myself to do on Monday. Monday, when everyone was on the road to recovery and the future was bright with the promise of uninterrupted sleep.
Why? Why do I push ridiculously hard to accomplish tasks that could wait until everyone is well and the demands on my time and energy are less pressing?!
I don't know. No, seriously, I don't know.
I'm not coming to you with a post full of solutions and answers. I'm coming to you, my fellow type-A'ers, with solidarity. Solidarity and an in-the-middle-of-crazy plea with y'all to just say no! Say no to the list. Say no to the crazy. Say no to finding your value and worth and victory in crossing things off the list.
And if you can't, I'll let you in on a 2 step life hack I've learned:
Now, I'm going to go cross 'Write Blog Post' off my list. Next week, I promise to bring you something deeper and more meaningful... I'll even add that to my list. ;)
Here you will find the musings of a homeschooling, work from home, adoptive Momma of 7! Adventures in faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe to follow hard after Jesus are spilled into these posts --- most often written with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you'll stick around a while and find something - more likely SOMEONE! - that brings you hope!
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