Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My list

There are days when your mind seems to be bursting, full of thoughts and electricity, and threatening to spill over at any moment.

Other days, you read the same sentence three times and still don't know what it says.

Mostly, my days are like the latter. Sigh....

I like feeling productive and energetic and as though I have a purpose. I'm a task- and goal-oriented person who likes accomplishing things, and when I'm on a roll, I want to just keep going.

Although....

I'd love to be a more people-oriented kind of person. Even just a bit more. It's something that being a mom has planted as a wish in my heart.

In high school, my husband and I (yes, we met waaaaay back then) took a personality test handed out to all the students, and we discovered we are both the same way. He and I work together to get something done -- often to comically disastrous results, but we are a good team. On weekends, it's all about "What are we doing today?"

It's great when I do have "on" days, like I had yesterday and today. Yesterday I accomplished everything on my list for the day and even did some projects that were slated for today. This morning, I carried 13 things out the door for Teacher Appreciation Week at the Man-cub's school and for the breakfast it was my turn to make for my mom's group.

Even these are little things -- teacher gifts and breakfast -- but not only do I feel that I completed these as tasks (yay! I remembered!), more importantly is how I hope it makes the teachers and my mom friends feel.

See, it's not that I don't think of people at all!

If I'm so goal-oriented, then couldn't I make it a goal to become more people-oriented? Hmmm.

Because while I of course think it's fine to get things done, there's no way I can go through my life checking off my to-do list while this little face just wants me to slow down and spend time with him.



My boys aren't on my list.

They supersede it.

And I have a feeling they will teach me to be more of a people person.

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5 Comments:

Blogger White Hot Magik said...

It can be hard not to get caught up in doing "things" for sure.

May 3, 2011 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger LceeL said...

Oh, Holly. Whether you know this about yourself or not, you're one of the most peopley people I know.

May 4, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Sometimes my kids don't feel like they've made my list....thanks for the reminder to make them supersede my list, too.

May 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Audubon Ron said...

...and that is why you enrolled in the Ducks Mahal Personality and Charm school. Thus far, you're doing pretty good I'd say in the people department.

I was a manager for 237 years and used to say, "Management would be a great job but for the people." But the point is, I don't think much about the person I'm doing something for when I'm actually doing that something. And that's why it's called a service.

Happy Mother's Day.

May 8, 2011 at 2:59 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Tim & I are the same way. We start almost every day with "What are we going to do today?" or "What is the plan for today?" ;)

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

May 19, 2011 at 3:39 PM  

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