Last week I said that I would be continuing to work of Facet No. 2 (From the Art of Homemaking)Ambition.
So I have been.
At the beginning of the week I sat down and made a list of 33 things that I wanted to accomplish this week (besides the usual housekeeping, child rearing, sewing, self-preservation, and other various weekly obligatory items).
I worked hard. I accomplished a lot. I WAS AMBITIOUS!
But I didn’t get to cross off everything on my list.
No matter how hard I tried not everything got accomplished this week.
Why? What was I doing wrong?
It all came down to my priorities.
I was reading a page out of Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book “Simple Abundance” today and she explained what happened to me better than I can.
She said, “Most women I know have only one conscious priority: making it through the day. This is a direct result of having been torn in a thousand different directions in any one twenty four hour period…but acknowledging, recognizing, and reordering our priorities so that they can give purpose to our days is a deeply personal task that we all must do…”
“A priority is anything that is important to you….Priorities are not written in granite. They need to be flexible and change as we do.”
“I find it helpful to think of priorities as the wooden frame upon which we stretch our the canvass of our days so that we may apply color and form to the work of art we are creating without the entire painting collapsing in the middle.”
“Many of us assume that we can continue to get along just by winging it indefinitely. We can’t. We need an antidote for the hurried and harrowed lives that threaten to tear us apart.”
This week I didn’t move the furniture in the family room to dust underneath, I didn’t make the wicked awesome bias tape skirt I sketched out (which I will be making very very soon), and I didn’t go to the gym. But we did have a puppet show, reorganize and sort through all of the girls clothing, and I finally made a much needed trip to the eye doctor.
Without being consciously aware of it I was prioritizing my list.
This week I plan on being fully conscious of my priorities.
I know what I want—I know my ultimate goals:
#1. Making my home a sanctuary from the world.
#2. Making sure the various needs of my family are met.
#3. Making sure that I continue to heal and improve myself.
So here we go with ambition week 3.
The list will return. I will be ambitious. I will be conscious of my priorities. What is most important will be finished first and remembering that I won’t beat myself up for what remains unfinished at the end of the week. If puppet shows or doctors appointments need to replace sketching out a new pajama pattern or dusting the baseboards so be it—those tasks can easily be taken care of the next week.
And I am thinking that by keeping my priorities in my mind I will be more motivated (ambitious) and actually accomplish more this week than last
We’ll see if I’m right.
I already started my list, and it’s a long one!
(It includes everything from cleaning out the mini van, to getting a new haircut, to helping Simon with an experiment he’s been wanting to try….besides completing all the unfinished items from this week.)
So, what’s on your list?