How often do you think, “I don’t know where to start…”?
I find myself there often.
I am very good at over-planning and underestimating how long it will actually take to execute my plans. It’s something I know about myself, and even though I work to strike a more reasonable balance, I’m still learning. My husband usually ends up serving as my sounding board when I go on a tear about not knowing how I’ll accomplish everything (or anything). He always offers the same calm, rational suggestion: Start with one thing.
It’s annoying how often he’s right.
If you think about it, though, there really is no better solution. Start with one thing. Do that thing. Then start another…
This morning I find myself looking at a long list of things I want and need to accomplish this week. I have things to write, chores to do, clean laundry to put away…and the list goes on. I caught myself heading toward panic mode and decided to stop, take a moment to focus, and start with gratitude and an attitude of thankfulness for the good in my life.
First and foremost this morning, our family is very grateful that Cat One is feeling much better. I’ll spare you the TMI factor and just say that increasing the dose of his laxative meds did the trick. He’s eating and drinking well, grooming himself again, and acting much more like his usual self. I was pretty scared for a few days and am so relieved it is what we suspected and not something much more serious.
I am thankful and incredibly excited, too, that the draft of my first children’s book is finished. Huzzah! We are now working on illustrations and edits. Very soon I’ll be looking for beta readers to put eyes on this and before long, one of my dreams will be a reality. Having this first draft complete after what has been a very long development process feels like great progress. The words have been flowing well in general lately, not only on the book series. I am always grateful for that.
I am thankful that it is Monday. Monday is my quiet day. The cats sleep all day to recover from having people home all weekend. Hub and Zilla are back to work and school. The house is empty and silent. I try to keep my calendar free of appointments on a Monday so I can have the entire day to regroup, plan, and work. After an especially busy weekend this week, I need this kind of day.
I am thankful for surprise gift cards. Who doesn’t love that?
I am thankful for rain that washes, refreshes, and gives life. I am thankful for cool and comfortable weather. I am thankful for a lovely day today.
I am thankful for my Mom. I am thankful that she is physically near and part of my every day. I am thankful to have her as my confidant, my greatest adviser, and my friend. I can’t speak for anyone else, but sometimes a talk with my Mom is exactly what I need to help put life into perspective, especially when it feels like none of it makes sense.
I am thankful for a Husband and Daughter who know me so well. I am thankful that they understand and love me.
I am thankful for prayers heard and answered. It isn’t always easy, but leaning on my faith makes all the difference in the world. I am glad I have such a strong foundation in that regard.
I am thankful for long naps. Sometimes it’s just the thing.
And now I’m going to be thankful that I am finished and moving on to the next thing on my list to do today. The road ahead is a long one and I’d best be on my way.
Have a good week, friends!
Previously Published on themeaningofme.com