Lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by some of the very things that are supposed to make me happy.
My resolutions are invaluable for keeping me on track to staying happy, but right now, they’re also stressing me out. I have too much to do. All these items are voluntary, all contribute to my happiness, but they’re time-consuming, energy-consuming, or brain-consuming –- or all three.
Plus, I do have a book to write!
Just off the top of my head, I can think of the following things I want to get done, to fulfill various resolutions.
“Spread family cheer” “Take time for projects” “Be a storehouse of happy memories”:
I need to write the captions for the Shutterfly photo album I’m putting together of our summer photos (and it’s already October)
I bought a special album for a series of photos of the girls as flower-girls in my sister’s wedding (in May); I need to paste them in
“Follow my curiosities” “Force myself to wander”:
A biography of St. Therese of Lisieux recommended by Flannery O’Connor just arrived, Etienne Robo’s Two Portraits of St. Therese, and I’m dying to read it
I just got Janet Malcolm’s Two Lives, and can’t wait to read that either, I loooove Janet Malcolm
“Cultivate rituals and traditions”:
We need to decorate the apartment for Halloween and carve a pumpkin; thank goodness, we already have costumes
In keeping with annual tradition, I took photos of the girls in those Halloween costumes, now I need to choose the best one, order copies, buy Halloween-themed picture frames, and give our annual Halloween memento photograph to both sets of grandparents, for their collections
“Give proofs of love” “Think of small treats or courtesies”:
I told the Big Man I’d stop by the library to pick up a book he wants
I need to buy the Big Man a birthday present (he wants new towels, of all things)
I want to see a friend’s new baby and visit a friend on bed-rest
I’m trying to meet my friend target of three friends for the new school year
“Put things in circulation”:
I got out a huge box of hand-me-downs from the Big Girl, and I need to sort through them to see what fits the Little Girl
“Keep a one-sentence journal”:
I’m three days behind
“Take notes without a purpose”:
I have a stack of books that I’ve read and marked, now I need to copy the marked passages into my notes (one book is Edward Weston’s Daybook, my inspiration for including his breathtaking photograph of a cabbage leaf, above)
Looking at this list is actually making me feel better. WHY am I complaining? I enjoy every single item on this list (well, except buying towels). I feel overwhelmed, but only because I’m allowing myself to feel that way. None of this is urgent, except that we need a pumpkin before Halloween and I’d like to visit my friends before months have passed.
Note to self: Remember, this is the fun part! Sheesh.
A friend sent me this clip from YouTube, The Mom Song, in which comedian Anita Renfroe condenses everything a mother says in 24 hours into a 2 minute, 55 second song, which she sings to the William Tell Overture. It’s hilarious, plus I have to admit, I’m such a softie that I got a little teary-eyed too. Another reminder to parents…The days are long, but the years are short.
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