Some days I launch schedule with clear objectives: ‘to do’ list, might be ‘strategize and plan some project or process’, solve a problem or trudging through piles of loosely prioritizes tasks – mixed with calls, e-mails, errands, interruptions and meetings. Very full exhausting day.
What was my goal?
To get through the day, through another day?
This way, this same old way?
Or is there a better purpose – perhaps random, a chance one, ‘start with a blank page’ day process?
Does anyone have one of those? I’d like to meet one to see how they think.
Some days a goal is important, or a list of goals – but maybe having a day or two each with without a goal, without expectation might leave us open to surprises and opportunities we don’t usually have time for, aren’t usually open to or willing to receive … because our welcome mat isn’t out, because we have our day planned, our goal list, our task list, our pile o’ stuff to do …
Wondering and wonderment, laying on the grass as kids watching clouds float buy – wondering what shapes they would take. Each one was a jumping off point for conversation, for imagination, for spilling our guts to the kid we barely knew, laying there next to us on that grassy hill.
What time is it?
Time for work, for play – maybe some of each today. Each day.
Now find your grassy hill, find a friend or stranger to join you. Look up.
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