But I just had a tremendous idea. . .
What if I crossed the list off?
No. I mean just cross off the entire list. One big check-mark.
Forget the successful little check marks beside each task that would prove that I’m perfectly organized and have accomplished my self-prescribed list of tasks.
What if I just crossed off the whole list, threw it away, refused to be controlled by my list?
What would that look like? Would I self-combust or would the world cease to exist?
I’m going to make a list of all the things that I would like to accomplish before I fill the house with guests on Friday evening. . . and then I’m just going to cross off the entire list.
Here is my list of things that I wanted to accomplish before my family (who loves me anyway) comes to my house. . .
- Reattach and grout that piece of tile that has come loose.
- Repaint the trim around the kitchen window over the sink.
- Tack up a few pieces of trim that we just never got around to after we moved in. . . five years ago. . . what’s the hurry?
- Clean the basement — who is going down there anyway?
- Clean the garage — again — who is going in there anyway?
- Finish that cool decorating project I started in my master bathroom — again — who is going in there anyway?
So, that’s the list of everything that I’m not going to worry about getting finished before Friday. As soon as I check it off, I’ll be finished! Wow! I feel so accomplished! I think with a few strategically placed barricades I can keep everyone from noticing these minor imperfections. And if I’m really clever with the dessert table, they won’t even notice the grout. . . maybe utilize some mood lighting. —
Hey — that’s a great idea — if I use some candlelight for ambiance, I won’t even have to dust the ceiling fans!
. . . and if I send out a quick text to the family to stop and use the restroom at the convenience store before they get here, I won’t even have to clean the bathrooms. . . hmm. . . maybe they can also go through the McDonalds drive-through, and I can skip the whole meal thing. Bah humbug! 😀
Seriously, if I throw out the list of items that I want to accomplish for my own sense of perfection, then that frees me to do the things that will really make my family feel welcome in my home. I can have time to get it company clean, and make some delicious treats, and get the mood music on, and adjust the lighting just so. . . and it is going to be a wonderful evening of fellowship and food!
And if I hadn’t just published it for the world to know, no one would ever suspect that I hadn’t cleaned the garage. . .
Are you with me? Got your list made? Ready to cross off the whole thing? Check. That was easy!