I use Annie Dillard’s quote often: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” My birthday was a reminder that the days are slipping into years.
Even as I bemoaned not living congruently with my life’s priority list…I knew instantly and with conviction that change was my prerogative. So I began the “first day of the rest of my life”.
As a child I was allowed to have full ownership of my birthday. I chose how to live that one day of the year. I set the menu for dinner and was excused from all chores. Freedom! That was all I needed to make my day happy.
So now that I have that freedom any day of the week, I am deciding to set some parameters for myself. What shall I do first, second and third? What is most important to my self? What satisfies my personal mission? Where is my personal North Star? What gives me joy? What fills my soul?
It’s important to know these things. And just as important to figure out how best to stay strong in order to live each day with purpose and joy. Although my personal well-being is a part of my mission, I often neglect that portion. My greatest struggle: is to allow the time to keep myself nourished physically, spiritually and emotionally and to flex the muscles of my body and my mind.
I am now on the second day of the rest of my life. I am putting myself first. I read, pray and meditate; I exercise, I write, I create order in my personal space.
I’m prepared to pay close attention to how I spend my precious days.