You know when you have a long list of things to do and then life happens and not a thing on that list gets done? Well, that was my week.
I seem to have been sick for most of June but not bad enough to keep me in bed. With an active one-year old, a new blog, and an array of many other projects to get done, I just simply did not have time to be sick. I mean, who has time to lay around these days anyway when there is so much to do?!
Unfortunately, my efforts to work through my sickness eventually came to an abrupt halt. My body finally called it quits and I have been in-and-out of the doctor’s office and practically bed ridden for the past four days. While it served me right, all I could think about while lying in bed was everything that was not getting done (and being miserable of course). Thankfully, after a physical and emotional roller coaster of a week, and with much help from my loving husband and family members, I have finally started to regain my health.
For the 4th of July we went and watched the local parade and then had a quiet BBQ at my grandparent’s house. Since I was still not 100%, we spent the rest of the day napping and lounging around. Later that night as I laid out on the trampoline next to my husband watching the fireworks, I thought back on how worked up I was earlier in the week about not being able to accomplish everything I wanted to and how silly it seemed now. And while that long to-do list is still waiting to get done, I came to the realization that some things in life are not always as important as they seem. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in everything I’m doing and wanting to accomplish that I tend to overlook the simple joys in life.
Life gets crazy, that I know, but it is all of life’s simple joys that keeps me going and that make life worth living. Simple joys like being able to watch my daughter’s every growth, witness all her goofy smiles, receive all her slobbery kisses and know that she is happy and healthy. Or sharing a pint of Ben and Jerry’s with my husband, talking and laughing as though the world around us no longer exists. Or taking a quiet moment to sit out on the porch right after it has rained when the world seems so fresh and peaceful.
There will always be laundry to do, bills to pay, dishes to wash, and projects that need finishing, but may I suggest that we make some time each day to enjoy the simple things that make life so great!
And hopefully, it won’t take becoming badly ill next time in order for me to take my own advice.