One never knows where inspiration will come from. A friend recently told me an inspiring story, which I’ll share with you. It fits with the “Wonderfully Human” theme I’m writing about this month and also corresponds with chapter 11 in my book, The Other Side of Organized. We are not perfect beings, but human beings. Life isn’t just about organizing and getting things done, but also about living and enjoying our lives. It’s about stopping to appreciate those lovely moments that happen each day.
This is the story. My friend was working at her desk one weekend afternoon. She was debating whether to continue working or to go out and play. All of the sudden a card from the shelf above her desk fell on her head. The quote on the front said, “Often we fool ourselves into believing that we will get done what needs to be done, and then we will live our life.” She got up and as she said, “left to live my life!” At that moment her priorities became crystal clear. Work could wait. She knew it was more important to nourish another part of her being.
I’m not saying that we totally abandon our lists and commitments. I’m merely suggesting that we don’t get too caught up in the belief that we can’t enjoy or relax or have fun until we get everything completed. Our lists will never be done because new things will appear, just as quickly as items are crossed off. It’s a matter of balance. Make time every day for rejuvenation, relaxation and fun. It’s not frivolous. It’s essential.
We can be renewed and have fun in many ways. Stepping outside for a few minutes to breath in the fresh air and enjoy the gorgeous fall colors could be enough. Sipping a leisurely cup of coffee while having a face-to-face chat with a favorite friend might do it. Allowing your “silly side” to appear in public is a sure way to have fun.
What’s does “living your life,” mean to you?