Today’s slice was inspired by Elisabeth Ellington’s blog, The Dirigible Plum. I discovered her post about the five things that she’d like to do more often through the incredible SOL padlet with SOL writing ideas and links created by Christie Wyman (her blog is at Wondering and Wandering).
Elizabeth wrote about things that she wanted to do. These things were not things that she should do or needed to do, but things that she enjoyed. She asked herself, “what would I like to add to my life to bring more pleasure and joy?” Elsie at elsie tries writing inspired Elisabeth’s post. I recommend also checking out her list!
During a time when I have a lot on my plate, I need to remember to include those things that I enjoy in addition to all of the things on my to-do list. So, I created a list of five things that I want to do more often.
1. Go for long drives in the country. I live in a rural area and there are so many country roads to explore. I love to hop in my car and explore. Even though I’ve lived in this area my whole life, there are places I’ve never ventured.
2. Connect with an old friend I rarely see. While we both teach in the same district, it seems as though we only connect during district-wide events. At these events, we often pledge to meet for dinner one evening, but that hasn’t happened in a long time. I actually can’t remember when we were last able to catch up. We’ve fallen into the trap of always being too busy. Friendships matter and need to be cultivated.
3. Listen to music more. I used to listen to music a lot when working in my home office, but I’ve noticed that I haven’t accessed my playlist in a while. I also used to listen to music a lot in the car and I’m not sure why that changed.
4. Complement others more. While I try to do this a lot with my students, I don’t think this is something that I do enough for other adults. Whether it’s a colleague doing great things in his or her classroom, a family member, a friend, or even a stranger, I need to be conscious that we all need to hear positive words about our efforts.
5. Take time to look at my surroundings. How often do I just sit and observe? How often do I notice what’s around me? I used to pay attention to the beauty of my surroundings on my drive to and from work, but anymore, I seem to have tunnel vision and am intent only on arriving at my destination.
I have a plan of the things that I want to do. Now I need to implement that plan and stick to it!