- Grocery store
A to-do list can be a truly beautiful thing. There is nothing quite like crossing off that final item and knowing that things are finished. Until next week…right?
Enter the never ending to-do list. Sometimes it feels like I cross things off my list only to put them back on the very next day. Ends up this is called being an adult.
But what occurred to me as I folded what felt like the 100th pair of boxers, is that this to-do list that seems to never end is called life.
Wow. Talk about a new perspective.
Realizing this, I knew that I needed to reexamine the way I looked at household chores.
When I prep food on Sunday, I’m setting Alex and I up for a week of delicious and healthy food. How lucky am I that I can go to the grocery and buy everything on my list? When I vacuum up dog hair, I’m creating space to breath easier. And let me tell you – folding laundry with a glass of wine and The Good Wife on TV is not so much a chore at all.
The point is, this is life. Right now. Life is taking out the trash, chopping veggies, and making coffee. Yes, sometimes we really do get to stop and smell the roses. We can make time to hike and meet up with friends. But we must also discover the roses right where we are, whether it’s a random Tuesday night cooking dinner or a Saturday spent at the beach. We have to look to find the beauty in making a beautiful dinner, in walking the dog, maybe even in cleaning the bathroom (ok, that one is a little tough).
In yoga, we look for the pauses in our breath – at the top of our inhales and the bottom of our exhales. I believe that these same sacred pauses exist in our to-do lists as well. So next time you’re unloading the dishwasher, maybe stop for a moment. Look around. Look at the beautiful dish in your hands. Think about the delicious food that you’ve made for a loved one on that plate. Maybe say a little prayer of thanks for your gorgeous, never ending to-do list.
Inhale, pause, exhale, pause.