Last week I blocked off an entire afternoon to finish a few projects and check off some lingering "to-dos" from 2014. But as I worked diligently away, new, more time sensitive work items trickled steadily into my inbox, pushing off my ambitious agenda-clearing plans. As I watched the clock, I grew increasingly anxious that the work I had so eagerly anticipated finishing would not be complete before the window of opportunity closed. Sighing, I shut down my computer and headed home.
When I arrived home, I found my sweet girl in her new toy kitchen "cooking" for her menagerie of birds, bears, and babies. She is entertaining herself! I observed. I should use this time to check a few more items off my list!
And then she began to sing...and any hope of concentrating on work was lost. As I watched her lovingly serenade and feed her companions, I understood immediately that the moment was vastly more important than my own agenda. I closed my computer, sat on the floor, and helped myself to an enthusiastically prepared strawberry, fish, and cheese sandwich. It was delicious.
Can you give yourself permission to accept what you have been able to accomplish and pause to experience what really matters?