As each fresh day arrives, I’m faced with countless to-dos. A long list of adult responsibilities start to punctuate the air. Clean this. Organize that. Go faster. Do more. The list of to-do’s for moms is never ending, and you know what? I’m done. I don’t want to start my day doing and expecting the impossible.
From now on, I’m ditching the to-do list for a to-don’t list…
I won’t oversleep and miss my quiet time when I sit with coffee, a journal and a pen near the window.
I won’t rush my girls through anything unless it’s an actual emergency.
I won’t say hurry up even once.
I won’t mindlessly scour Facebook for meaningless updates by people I hardly know.
I won’t lose my cool with anyone or let anyone ruin my day.
I won’t waste precious energy thinking negative thoughts about other human beings.
I won’t worry about the cleaning when I could be laying in the grass watching the birds fly through the sky or digging in the garden.
I won’t criticize my husband no matter how late he gets home or how many times he falls asleep on the couch.
I won’t devalue myself and my worth by comparing myself to others or worrying about what they think of me.
I won’t feel guilty for what I didn’t accomplish.
I won’t let a good book slip by unread.
I won’t say no to a friend when she asks me for a favor.
I won’t question what my child chooses — or doesn’t — choose to eat.
I won’t worry if my daughter goes without a coat.
I won’t fret over how long the bedtime routine stretches out each night this week.
I won’t take a second to think about how many veggies we didn’t eat this week.
I won’t be a clock-watcher keeping track of the agenda.
I won’t say no to a playful moment because those are the best ones of all.
I won’t strive for perfection…
And I won’t expect others to strive for perfection, either.
If I’m lucky, I might actually cross everything off of a list, once and for all.