I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately with a typical, and seemingly annual, February upper respiratory crud that gets passed around my family. Instead of letting it get to point of being really sick, I preemptively went to my doctor in hopes of getting medicine to combat this looming illness. The visit started a little bit like this,
Doctor: “Caroline, what is going on with you?”
Me: “Well, I have this cough and congestion, and I’m just so busy right now with work, running the kids to their various activities, going out of town for gymnastics meets, training…I don’t have time to be sick… and…”
Doctor: “Okay, stop. Take three deep breaths…”
Me: (inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale)…”I know…I know…”
Doctor: “You seem a little stressed.”
The rest of the appointment was spent discussing how moms sometimes let ourselves get run down because we are, well, just running too much.
This morning, as I was getting ready for work and loading up my snacks to take the office, I noticed my “to-do” list hanging on the refrigerator. I paused for a moment, flipped to a new page, and then wrote:
It seems rather simple, doesn’t it? To simply and devotedly trust God not just in the big things, but also in the mundane acts of life is essential, but often fleeting. To wake up with the desire to do the best we can, only to be met with the weight of comparison and the exhaustive feelings that more can be done, deduces us to consider if we are really giving it our best. To breathe…deeply…is also so needed, but oh my, how quickly and rapidly the errands of life can cut our breath short.
I wish life could be as simple as the “to do” list I wrote today. Maybe it can be. Maybe, just focusing on these three things each day will spill over into other experiences.
Trust. Do. Breathe.
Instead of writing out the things I need to do on my list tomorrow, perhaps I will write: