You know those things you want to do someday? Here is my partial list:
Learn to speak Spanish, write a book, Take belly dancing lessons, complete a baby scrapbook for each of my three children, read the stack of books by my bed, help my daughter with her knitting, and so much more. My list continues, indefinitely.
You know those things you do every day? Here’s my partial list:
Be wife, mommy, daughter, sister, coach, trainer and friend, answer emails, exercise, manage pets, call the plumber, call the phone company, buy more dog food, change the light-bulb, pay the bills, manage the family calendar and so much more. This list goes on indefinitely, too.
And, if I am not careful, these two lists shall never meet. List Number One will forever be dominated by the hands-on-hips glare of self-important list Number Two. And list Number Two does have a point. She is filled with the items that MUST get done. Her tasks concern “real” issues such as getting food on the table, running a business, getting the kids to violin and ballet, making doctor’s appointments, putting the kids to bed at night, and getting them up in the morning, on TIME.
List Number One has none of these serious issues to offer. All she has is her commitment to balance, love, fun, creativity, and living life to the fullest. List Number One does have a secret though. She knows how important she is. Unlike list Number Two, she doesn’t need to prove herself. She just patiently waits for her opportunity to shine. So, how do we let our Number One list shine when days, weeks, and months fly by, filled with the concerns of list Number Two?
Well, I have recently implemented a strategy. I have begun to put items from list Number One in my calendar. I started with belly dancing lessons. No, I am not a dancer, but if the presence of a “belly” is a requirement, then after three kids, I’ve got that one covered. In fact the last time I took a dance class was ballet when I was 7. So, to say I am a beginner is an understatement. On top of that, when my daughter saw me watching a belly dancing “how-to” DVD and trying to practice some of the “moves,” she suggested that I stop it IMMEDIATELY. This gives you an idea of my natural talent.
Luckily, list Number One does not care about what people think or whether things make sense. I forged ahead with my strategy. I made a note on a particular day to find a class and sign up. Each time I came across that note and didn’t have time to do it, I moved it forward to the next day, the next week, and yes, the next month. It took three months, but finally there was a day in which I was able to take the time to find and sign up for a class. That set the wheels in motion. I found someone to stay with the kids, purchased a beginners skirt and set of finger cymbals and blocked out those Wednesday classes in my calendar.