"By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning." - Lao Tzu
The last weeks of school are a whirlwind of activity, excitement and stress. There are teachers to be appreciated, summer activities to be planned and camps to register. Not to mention my frenzied attempt to cram in as many doctor appointments and other non-child-friendly activities as possible before the last day of school.
I always get really nervous about summer. I’m afraid that there won’t be enough for the kids to do or that I will go stir-crazy with no school schedule. But once I stop trying to control everything, we end up having so much fun. At the risk of sounding like a Countrytime lemonade commercial, we slowly melt into the warm, summer days. There’s no carpool, no early awakenings and not much of a schedule. It's no wonder kids love summer so much…because they really get to be kids.
I remember a creative writing teacher I once had told our class she was amazed that when she didn’t get things done on her to-do list, nothing really bad happened. This was before I was a mom, and that teacher had three kids so I couldn’t really relate. All I had to take care of was myself. Now that I am in her shoes, I get it.
The world isn’t going to swallow you up if you don’t bake the cupcakes or volunteer for XYZ project. As a Mom, I am slowly learning how to get my priorities straight. When my son asks me to find a blanket for his stuffed animal monkey, how can I possibly think that putting the dishes away is more important? I try and I try to finish my to-do list, and then I let go.
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