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When my kids go back to school, I try to ramp up to my "back-in-gear" mentality. This year, I even made a list of things I needed/wanted to do in these first couple of days when my kids would be out of the house all day.
I had grand ambitions that I set specifically with Monday and Tuesday in mind.
- Sort mail and organize my grandmother's papers -- or at least set up some file folders so I'd have a good system going forward.
- Clean my closet, which has become an unfortunate mess and a general dumping ground for those things with which I don't want to deal.
- Write several book reviews and blog posts.
- Write some thank you notes.
- Clean out bathroom drawers and closet.
What really happened?
When I thought about it (unmotivated Tuesday morning hours aside), I realized that I had not really done "nothing." Much of what I did took time and mental energy, yet was not measured by bags of clutter that I could give or throw away. Instead of taking clutter out of my house, I put love into the hearts of those around me.
Is this nothing?
This is the way I spent some of those "non-productive" hours on Monday and Tuesday:
- calling a friend and catching up
- sitting and watching a movie with Mimi for an hour
- walking the dog and connecting with neighbors
- beating the school-supply rush, which meant heading straight to the store as soon as Amanda got home Monday
- sitting with my children while they did their homework to help and encourage
- taking Amanda to the orthodontist (which took 3 times longer than it should have)
- talking to another friend
- preparing dinner for my family
I still have time this week to "get things done," but today I need to go to the store; I'll see Mimi; I'll probably be sitting at the table helping with homework again; I'll walk the dog; I have lunch dates I want to schedule, and I'm going to. I'm probably going to feel like I've done "nothing."
Though my closets may not be clean and I can't cross these items off my list, I'm going to try to remember that people aren't "nothing." They are something -- something big.