What Matters Most
Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM
AHPCH in About Me, Anniversary Printable, Anniversary gift ideas, My Life, Posts by Kelli, Stuff I Made

In light of the terrible events that took place last Friday, my plans for this weekend were suddenly turned on end.

There were so many things I planned to check off the to-do list -- chores around the house, projects for the blog, addressing & mailing my Christmas cards -- etc., etc., etc. To be honest, the list felt a bit overwhelming, and I was prepping myself mentally to tackle as many items as possible.

Friday night, I mentioned we would be taking a brief pause from posting out of respect for those impacted by the shooting in Connecticut. At that time, my thoughts were very sentimental, very humble, and very nostalgic.

Then came Saturday ... and I fell right back into my "gotta move" mentality, rushing through as many tasks and projects as my strength would muster.

But something happened...

Mark was home with me, and I found myself feeling frustrated that he didn't seem to be as busy as I was. I started to feel that self-imposed pressure that everything needed to be done, and I was the only one to do it.

Time is a crazy thing.

By the end of the evening -- covered in paint, and knee deep in projects -- my sentiment hit me once again. I found myself baffled at how quickly I had forgotten what matters the most. The things I had felt so touched by just 24 hours earlier had so quickly been pushed to the back of my mind.

The truth is, sometimes this world makes you feel like slowing down is not an option. There is always something that needs to be done. There is always a list of "to-do's" and "somedays." And what's worse ... sometimes we feel that slowing down is an indicator of failure.

Here's what is really sad ...

Lately, I have been so caught up in everything else that I nearly forgot today is Mark and I's 7th wedding anniversary. Luckily, it entered my mind on Saturday night -- causing me to once again feel like I had been overlooking everything that was truly important.

I realized I had been so wrapped up in posts and projects that I hadn't even planned anything to tell my husband thank you for 7 years of sticking by my side. I realized that the frustrations I had felt earlier were about nothing that really mattered. The house could always be cleaned later. The projects could stand to wait another day. In a way, it all was meaningless.

Sunday, I decided the list would just have to wait. I had bigger fish to fry, if you will. Rather than spend the day stressing about what got done and what didn't, I decided to spend the day enjoying time with my husband.

While it was challenging to let go of my self-inflicted deadlines, it was worth it to just have some time to relax and actually ENJOY one another's company. It was a good day.

Today, I still had no plans for a gift, but found this printable in my daily email from Fab.com.

It's a bit tough to read, but I thought the message was perfect for a day like today -- so I used PowerPoint to create my own version.

It says: YOU are patient with, encourage, amaze, mean the world to, complete, always impress, take care of, surprise, are home to, ME, and I adore you.

I hope I can put my mind in it's rightful place, and continue to remember the things that matter most. That is, the people who mean the world to me, and make my life happier than I even realize.

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