Having a list, I’ve found, not only keeps me grounded but helps at the end of the day when I can see all the tasks boasting a huge scratch out that I’ve accomplished something for the day. It seems to give added significance and purpose to what I’ve done.
We all need affirmation from time to time that what we do is not only necessary but worthwhile. One of the quickest ways for me to find myself sinking into despair is to have that feeling of worthlessness. And it might sound silly, but when I can’t “see” what I’ve done, I get this awful sense of failure! I feel like I’ve wasted time and often, when I’m feeling this way I am easily overcome with fatigue. It’s more physically draining than having worked hard!
Someone shared a story about a kindness she’d witnessed where a woman drove into this large parking lot, exposed two large Tupperware tubs which had holes cut into one end, serving as entrances, so the large pack of cats who existed in this unlikely living space could find food and ultimately even shelter. The tubs were pushed back out of the way, but accessible to the felines. It’s possible she could have rounded up all the purring critters, and taken them home. But that might not have been practical and kept things simple!
I suggest, as odd as this story sounds, this woman had a simple, significant purpose and to carry out the task successfully must have given her great satisfaction. Isn’t that what we all really want out of our day to day existence? It goes beyond just “finishing a job.” We want to do the job, do it well, and know that it’s appreciated. I suspect the cats in this case, were extremely grateful for this selfless act of kindness.
People are of greater value than cats. I challenge you to consider the people in your life; those you see every day or even those you have minimal contact with, but are part of your weekly routine. Is there a simple act of kindness that would give you a solid sense of purpose? Make a list! Be creative and write down the many significant ways (even the little ones!) you could keep simplicity in your life, have a sense of order, yet a solid sense of purpose. It’s Thanksgiving! Be thankful for all your gifts…..and share with others. You will be filled with a sense of accomplishment and the recipient will be filled with immeasurable gratitude.