Feeling a little insane around here lately. I suppose that's not so strange at this stage of life. But, I would really appreciate a little more calmness and a little less chaos. I really don't enjoy always feeling behind on all the things I'd like to accomplish or have time for. I realized last night that finding sanity isn't necessarily in managing to check something off the to-do list. Because the laundry still needed to be done, the floors desparately needed a cleaning, and the supper dishes were still sitting dirty at the table. But, I felt more sane after sitting and doing a puzzle with Lanelle. We had fun. We laughed. We praised each other. She told me several times when I suggested a piece and she discovered that it fit - "Yes, you were definately right." And she was trying so hard to use a big word fluidly in her little cartoon voice. Oh, she made me smile.
And I'm glad I just remembered that lesson. Because I googled the phrase "how to get rid of chaos". I thought it would be interesting to see what came up. Even though I pretty much knew what to expect. Although I expected it, I still almost got sucked into the list of 74 things to do to simplify and take control of you life. They did look like great ideas. I think they should have stopped at #1. Write down the 4 more important things in your life. If I tried to accomplish all their tasks, I would not have time for the 4 most important things in my life.
Yea for skipping over the long list of organizational tasks. Because if I attempted it, I might really be insane. Perhaps as was discussed at knitting club the other morning, I should start writing "Already Done Lists." I'm sure I'd feel much better about my day. Today would include: taking the kids skating (which took up the whole morning and did not involve a whole lot of sanity), making the best creamy tomato spinach pasta, washing the floor, doing a puzzle, reading Geronimo Stilton (for the boys reading interest), cleaning up play-doh and puzzles, folding and putting away 2 loads of laundry, making a supper stirfry, dancing with a baby and her music box... Yes, I'm feeling better now.
Appreciating precious moments, making already done lists, and taking the time to reframe things. I'm feeling more joyful than when I sat down here.
And late at night by myself I might remember to appreciate simple gifts in life, like how beautiful a clean kitchen is and how lovely some stiches are.