I have no idea who came up with the phrase Someday is not a day of the week. I heard it for the first time yesterday and it made me think. Someday has been on my daily To-Do List, my Weekly Calendar, my Monthly goals, and my Yearly Resolutions for years!
I’m going to eat more fruits and vegetables, I’m going to exercise more, I’m going to learn to ride horses… Someday. Just not today. I’ve been living on the overpopulated Someday Isle. Someday I’ll get the oil changed in my car, someday I’ll have enough time, money, energy, to do all the things on my Bucket List. You get the idea.
I’m really quite troubled by this. We live in such a hurried society. We’ve got the microwave cooking our breakfast while we load the dirty dishes into the dishwasher from the night before. We multi-task ourselves into exhaustion. We panic when a curveball is thrown our way. What for? To get it all done. But do we ever get it all done? NO! We check things off our lists only to add more. It’s a maddening cycle we repeat time and again.
What does all this accomplish? Not much of anything really. I am a Master of the unfinished job. For example, our kitchen has one spot behind the microwave that I never finished painting. It’s been that way for years. I never took the time to finish the job because I had something else that I needed to start, and probably never finished either. Someday I’ll finish painting it. Aaaah! This is crazy.
It’s only recently that I have begun to slow down and take time to appreciate the meaningful moments in my life, like taking a trip to somewhere I’ve never been. I am grateful that I am changing my ways. I want to experience more magical moments that will help bring my life back into focus. Today, not someday, but today!
I still have to clean my desk of the clutter and finish painting the kitchen and a whole list of other To-Do items. But now, I will finish what I start. I think I will have a sense of accomplishment in focusing on 1 goal at a time. Multi-tasking leads to procrastination. Procrastination leads to anxiety. And anxiety leads to someplace I don’t want to be!
So, what do you think? Are you ready to get off this overcrowded Someday Isle? I’m ready to get back home and relax in my backyard.
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant.