On the surface, it seemed like a good day. I accomplished a lot. The house was dusted and vacuumed. Two out of three bathrooms had been cleaned. Bills had been payed. Children fed, changed and cleaned. My to-do list for the day was covered with the good kind of check-marks.
I had accomplished a lot without yelling at my kids. It seemed like a good day.
And yet, something was missing.
Yes, I made a dent in my to-do list, but at what cost?
Looking back, I realized I missed the most important moments of the day.
I never sat down and read books to my kids.
When my daughter came to give me a hug, I returned one half-heatedly and moved on to my next job.
When my son asked to play trains, I replied, "maybe later." But playing trains was not on my to-do list and it never got done.
It had seemed like a good day.
Yet, It could have been so much better.
I might not have gotten as much accomplished from the "keeping-house" point of view, but then their are more important things than keeping house.
Items that did not happen to be on my to-do list like strengthening relationships, living in the moment and creating memories could have been checked off instead.
My balance was off that day.
But today is a new day!
Today I will not be so works focused that I forget to be relationship focused.
Today I will not be so consumed with my to-do list that I forget to live in the moment.
Today I will not sacrifice creating memories with my children in order to clean another bathroom.
And as I read that last line, I have to wonder, "What in the world was I thinking!"