We put untold amounts of pressure on ourselves every day. We expect ourselves to be far beyond human. As part of your personal goals for 2013, practice letting this pressure go.
Our lives are often a blur. We get to the end of the day, and we typically have no idea what we actually accomplished. If we figured that out on a regular basis, we might surprise ourselves at what we manage to do even with all the stresses going on in our lives. And after doing so we might be able to allow ourselves to let some of that go and focus on what really matters.
Just for giggles, I decided to write down what I did today. I’ll spare you all the riveting detail, but basically the highlights involved starting the day a little earlier than we have been, consuming six cups of coffee, getting kids ready and out the door, spending 2.5 hours driving kids to and from school and camp, actually getting a couple of billable hours of work done, doing a few chores, and managing to give our J-Man a home haircut without an unreasonable amount of stress or injury. I guess writing this post counts, too.
I’m declaring victory on that alone.
This is a pretty low-key day for us comparatively. Nothing weird happened. Some things got done. Everybody got where they needed to be and back home again. Adequate food was consumed. No medical attention was required. All stresses were within what passes for normal limits. The kids had great days at camp and school. Many good things happened.
No one is going to write epic poetry about this day. No songs will be sung. No medals will be awarded. This is just the everyday stuff of life.
There will be days when much more is required of us. There will be days when the mountain threatens to collapse on you. There’s a season for everything.
Regardless of what your day looks like, here’s really all you have to do:
- Keep your children alive, and love them
- Put on some clothes (optional)
Cut yourself some slack. Anything beyond these items, declare victory. I’m doing that today. I’ve earned it, and so have you.