Catching Up and Feeling Good

Is there any greater feeling in the world than feeling caught up? You know that feeling of accomplishment when your “to-do” list is whittled down to just a few things to do and the seemingly endless list of items are scratched out in dark ink? Caught up is that narrow band of time between almost done and here comes more to do.

Today I feel caught up. I’ve written this blog, I’ve updated Shari’s writing page (an emotional and thoughtful blog on her Oprah experience, which was very different than mine) and Val’s writing page (a blog about her thoughts on family written in Val’s fabulous writing voice), my Christmas shopping is under control, and I’ve nowhere pressing to be at this moment. I can sit back and enjoy this space between busy and busy.

I’m notorious for creating work for myself. It’s almost like being quiet, being still is a crime. I wasn’t always this way. Growing up, my siblings and I learned to never tell our parents we were bored if we truly didn’t want to be put to work. There was always something that needed to be done: ironing, dusting, cleaning the finger prints off the refrigerator. Mom could always find a chore for us around the house and Dad certainly had plenty of them at the grocery store.

When I was bored and didn’t want to work, which was most of the time, I’d often get on my bike and ride to Split Rock Creek. I’d walk along the banks just thinking, sometimes talking out loud. Once in awhile I’d bring along my fishing rod, or in the winter, my ice skates.

If I stayed in, I sometimes made art projects in the basement where I’d set up a table with paper, colored pencils, paints, crayons, and charcoal pencils. I’d listen to the AM radio and just create. That was the time I went through my paint-by-number phase. Have you seen what those go for now on eBay? Oh my. Who’d have thought ugly formulated paintings on velvet would be collector’s items?

Anyway, today, I don’t get bored enough. Here it is, two and a half weeks from Christmas and I’m still wondering where did Halloween go? I don’t give myself enough time to listen to the radio and just create. I want to change that. Call it a New Year’s resolution, but I will rearrange my life so that I have more caught-up time.

I challenge you to do the same. What on your to-do list can be whittled down in no time or completely eliminated? Things that seem important at the time we write them down might not be so important after we’ve had some time to think about it.

And what will you do with your caught-up time? Can you fill that space in time with nothing? Just be?

Let me know. Write a comment or send me an email. I’ll let you know in future blogs how I fare at this, too.

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One thought on “Catching Up and Feeling Good

  1. Oh, we’re so on the same page here. Dana and I were just talking about how unhappy we are with our family life because we seem to be in different places at the same time. And when we’re home, we’re not really interacting with one another. Looking through photos this year, there are not too many because we were just too busy to do the things that make us happy as a family. That’s something we both want to work on in the new year.

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