As a writer, the older I get, an awareness of limited years to “put in writing”
all those “things” that lurk in my brain, labeled “do before I die” lingers.
Yet, at times, a sense of urgency seems to “paralyze” my creativity.
Oh, I make lists, of course. And often even do exactly what they say to do.
But, sometimes I get bogged down revising the lists. Those are the times I am
frustrated because not enough gets done and another day of my life has ended.
I do not believe in neglecting a bit of fun in my life. When weather permits,
swimming laps exhilarates me and then I unwind by reading in the sun. Yes,
these activities do give me a pleasant feeling of wellbeing. Attending a small,
home-based Bible Study is a highlight of my week.
Many people seem to be able to “retire,” relax and enjoy life, yet make time to
do meaningful volunteer work. Now that I think about it, volunteering for
a variety of projects has been very meaningful for all of my adult life.
For the last seven years, I have enjoyed leading a talented group of writers,
(The Writers of Sica Hall), once a week as a volunteer.
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life!” Years ago, that was a popular poster. It
seems to have become my motto again. Well,. enough said. Lists are waiting to be
rewritten. This is the week I intend to accomplish a lot.
However, looking back, I now realize how meaningful it has been to volunteer for many
groups, especially years with youth ministry in my church. Those hours will always be far
more important than any of my “to do” lists.