I am sitting writing this blog post with my to do list by my side. Checking off a box is fleeting as it is immediately replaced by 2-3 other important items.
I have worked on time management strategies to focus on what is most important given what I hope to contribute to the world. Most days it looks and feels like a precarious juggling act that requires constant recalibration to regain my footing.
Meditating helps. Writing my morning pages helps. Staring at the sun (sunrise, sunset, through the trees) helps.
But once in a while you get a surprise that takes your breath away. When I was visiting my son in Baltimore, he and my daughter surprised me with a display to honor the publication of my 12th book.
- The paper chains were made up of book titles.
- The embroidered sweatshirt has the logo of my company — Competent Classroom — that was born 22 years ago with a vision to do curriculum work that was challenging, possible, and worthy of the attempt for both staff and students.
- The cookies, flowers, and bookmark were just cherries on top of the display.