I am henceforth replacing my daily To-Do List with a Ta-Da List.*
In place of the endless litany of tasks to finish, I am choosing to note down all the things worth celebrating in my day. Being a mother of a young child means that most of my things to do are in a state of partially done by the time evening rolls around. Dishes? Half in the washer, half in the sink. Emails – read but not responded to. As I type this, our bedsheet is sitting on the dining table, waiting for me to finish patching it (I WILL have to finish that before I get to sleep on it tonight!). Actually crossing something off of my To-Do List is a major, major accomplishment and looking at the ever-growing and unfinished list is discouraging.
- Wake up.
- Brush my teeth.
- Hug and kiss my husband.
- Hug and kiss my daughter.
- Feed our family lunch and dinner.
- Shower. (It’s a miracle!)
- Get dressed.
- Listen to my baby babble.
- Watch the sun peak through the clouds in the morning.
- Watch the sun slip away in the afternoon.
- Send my husband on a grocery run.
- Drink water.
- Eat candy.
- Watch the rain fall.
Keeping a Ta-Da List is a way of practicing gratitude. In her fabulous book, One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp writes, “Thanks is what multiplies joy and makes any life large, and I hunger for it.” My soul does hunger for joy. Pausing to notice all that’s worth celebrating helps me remember the joy I do have.
What’s on your Ta-Da List today?
*Ok, I confess, I’m not scrapping my To-Do List altogether. I’d be a mess without it. But I will choose to dwell on my Ta-Da List and celebrate the ways I have been alive during the day when my head hits the pillow at night.
**I need to thank Tim’s Aunt Marj for giving me the concept of a Ta-Da List. It’s one of the most uplifting suggestions I’ve received as a mother.