My resolutions are invaluable for keeping me on track to staying happy, but right now, they’re also stressing me out. I have too much to do. All these items are voluntary, all contribute to my happiness, but they’re time-consuming, energy-consuming, or brain-consuming –- or all three.
Plus, I do have a book to write!
Just off the top of my head, I can think of the following things I want to get done, to fulfill various resolutions.
“Spread family cheer” “Take time for projects” “Be a storehouse of happy memories”:
I need to write the captions for the Shutterfly photo album I’m putting together of our summer photos (and it’s already October)
I bought a special album for a series of photos of the girls as flower-girls in my sister’s wedding (in May); I need to paste them in
“Follow my curiosities” “Force myself to wander”:
A biography of St. Therese of Lisieux recommended by Flannery O’Connor just arrived, Etienne Robo’s Two Portraits of St. Therese, and I’m dying to read it
I just got Janet Malcolm’s Two Lives, and can’t wait to read that either, I loooove Janet Malcolm
“Cultivate rituals and traditions”:
We need to decorate the apartment for Halloween and carve a pumpkin; thank goodness, we already have costumes
In keeping with annual tradition, I took photos of the girls in those Halloween costumes, now I need to choose the best one, order copies, buy Halloween-themed picture frames, and give our annual Halloween memento photograph to both sets of grandparents, for their collections
“Give proofs of love” “Think of small treats or courtesies”:
I told the Big Man I’d stop by the library to pick up a book he wants
I need to buy the Big Man a birthday present (he wants new towels, of all things)
I want to see a friend’s new baby and visit a friend on bed-rest
I’m trying to meet my friend target of three friends for the new school year
“Put things in circulation”:
I got out a huge box of hand-me-downs from the Big Girl, and I need to sort through them to see what fits the Little Girl
“Keep a one-sentence journal”:
I’m three days behind
“Take notes without a purpose”:
I have a stack of books that I’ve read and marked, now I need to copy the marked passages into my notes (one book is Edward Weston’s Daybook, my inspiration for including his breathtaking photograph of a cabbage leaf, above)
Looking at this list is actually making me feel better. WHY am I complaining? I enjoy every single item on this list (well, except buying towels). I feel overwhelmed, but only because I’m allowing myself to feel that way. None of this is urgent, except that we need a pumpkin before Halloween and I’d like to visit my friends before months have passed.
Note to self: Remember, this is the fun part! Sheesh.
A friend sent me this clip from YouTube, The Mom Song, in which comedian Anita Renfroe condenses everything a mother says in 24 hours into a 2 minute, 55 second song, which she sings to the William Tell Overture. It’s hilarious, plus I have to admit, I’m such a softie that I got a little teary-eyed too. Another reminder to parents…The days are long, but the years are short.
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