So many people are focused on their “to-do” list. They rush through their days, weeks, months, just trying to check as much of that dang list as they possibly can. They want to feel they have accomplished things.
I used to envy those folks. Their ambition, their drive, the way they could run here and there all day long and just get so much done!
My life has changed in so many, many ways in the past few years…okay, decades. I have dreams. I have goals. I have an “idea” of a “to-do” list. But, after all the loss, all the pain and all the surviving I have had to do, I know what is truly important to me each and every day.
My “to-do” list is so very different now. Yes, I have the same things many folks have on theirs, wash clothes, go to the grocery store etc., but those kinds of things will always be here. The list may get longer or shorter, but it’s all just the things we need to do in life.
But what would happen if today was my last day? Would I care if the dishes were done, the clothes washed, the milk picked up? No…
As I sit here watching the sun set on another day, another day I will never have again…I ask myself these simple questions…
Did I make someone else’s day better today? Did I offer a hand, an ear, a shoulder? Did I make them smile or ease their burden a little?
Did I have enough to eat?
Did I laugh?
Did I tell someone I love them?
Did I give something of myself to this world today?
Yes, I did get my laundry done, the groceries bought, the house cleaned up, but at the end of this day, the only day that matters…did I “do” the things that really matter? I believe I did.