Our Christmas holiday is over, school and work recommence, and we are going to be back at “it” in less than 12 hours. That’s not a bad thing, but having two full weeks away from work (Carolynn and the girls had three away from school) has been a long enough time that I have really had a chance to change the pace of life. The big question I’m asking myself now, however, is “will it stick?”
There is a rhythm to our lives, whether we are intentionally beating the drum or whether we are simply responding to it. Furthermore I think that there are natural ways to be in synch with how we are created, but we too often find ourselves following the lead of a different conductor.
There is a rhythm to each day, each week, each season (even here in San Diego) and each year. Unfortunately, too often I find myself ignoring those natural drumbeats and try to do things that don’t work. I forget to take vacations (or rather, I assume that they will just happen, but I don’t actually plan them, and then they never take place). I focus on my to-do list at the expense of a to-be list. Although I need to pay bills, go to work, make dinner some nights, exercise, etc., I place too much importance on accomplishing those things instead of being a good husband, an involved father, a co-worker who listens.
I’m not sure what the answer is, but one of my main goals for 2014 is to figure out how to be more and do less.