What would happen if just today you let go of the tight grip you keep on your life?
Would the world fall apart?
Would YOUR world fall apart?
What if you didn’t care about what your children ate, the activities they did, if your husband packed his lunch or even if he was going to be home late, again?
Will the sun still come up tomorrow? Will your family still be OK?
What if just for today you didn’t care what other people thought and you just did your own thing without worry or societal pressures?
Would all that authenticity make you shine brighter?
What if all those balls you’re juggling in the air just fell one-by-one onto the ground and shattered on the floor?
Would you be upset or would you be relieved?
How would it feel to just be without trying to get to the next best thing that you simply must achieve? That next blog post? That next level of management? That next big screen TV? The bigger car?
Would everything you have right now, this very second, be enough?
What if you just stopped caring so damn much about life’s minutiae and started paying attention to all the beauty that surrounds you instead? Who cares if you really say no to volunteering, just this once? Who cares if you really say yes to skipping the latest social function, just this once?
Especially if it means more time to yourself. Or more time with your family?
The idea of not needing to be responsible for every. little. stinking. thing is WONDERful.
But the idea of losing that tight grip that I have on my children’s day is even more appealing. Are they old enough to start learning valuable mistakes? Are they old enough to pull away from me just a bit? Are they old enough to start doing more things on their own?
How about you? What could you care less about today? Beds not getting made? An unkept house? Piles of laundry? Children’s squabbling in the other room? If they ate iced pop tarts over the new box of organic shredded wheat? If their clothes match? Finding the perfect photo to share on your blog or on Facebook or to send across the miles?
That everything is perfectly perfect?
WRITING PROMPT ONE: Write a list of all the things you have to do today. I mean truly have to do today. Now, circle only the ones that are life or death — meaning they have to be done today or someone gets hurt. What’s left?
WRITING PROMPT TWO: Is there anything in your life that you’d like to let go of … maybe a long-held belief, an insecurity, a personality trait? Perhaps it’s a constant worry. Or a fear that just won’t let you relax. What have you done to let go of it? What could you do to try harder to let go of it?
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