The New Age To-Do List (cont)

From Chicken Soup for the Working Mom's Soul

Typical To-Do List for an Ordinary Day in the Life of a Full-Time Working Mother

Old List–New List

Pay the bills—Compensate those who have provided
goods or services that allow you to live as comfortably
as possible.

Work in office—Utilize your mind, while providing your employer with the highest quality of work possible toward achieving common goals, as an exchange for monetary compensation.

Grocery shopping—Enjoy the abundance that life around you has to offer. Strive to provide a healthy and interesting diet for you and your family.

Clean the house—Create and maintain an inviting and comfortable environment, which surrounds you and your family every day.

Pick up child from school—Assist in the celebration of the end of another successful day at school. Embrace the opportunity to reflect on the day with your child while driving home.

Laundry—I’m stuck on this one. If you have an idea on how I might be able to look at this one in a positive manner please contact me ASAP, because my laundry is piling up as you read on.

Exercise—Enjoy the gifts of good health and strive to maintain it. Recognize that as long as you are on the treadmill, you do not have to do any of the other tasks on your list.

Make dinner—Celebrate the opportunity to provide proper nutrition for you and your family.

Clean up after dinner—I could say something about creating the nice environment again, but in all honesty, I think just knowing that this is the last thing on the list for the day is good enough.

The new version uses more words, but it sounds a lot more meaningful. It has taken time to retrain my brain to accept the new descriptions that I have assigned to my daily routine tasks. If nothing else, the new list makes me smile with acknowledgment at what great lengths I have gone to remain optimistic about everyday life. Part of me does wish that I could have reworded at least one thing to sound like relaxing on a tropical beach far away from distraction. Knowing that the list is never-ending allows me to hang on to the promise that perhaps I will get a chance to work on my tropical beach in sometime in the future.

Shirley Warren

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