This morning I accidentally forgot to drop my daughter off in the car line at school. We had been deep in a conversation about graduation and other such things, and even though I saw the long line of cars, I drove past that turn and had to pull over by the football field to let her out. I apologized to her for my mistake and she was gracious enough to still wish me a good day as she lugged that heavy backpack towards school on a Monday morning.
Do you ever become so pre-occupied with whatever’s going on that you miss an appointment or forget to return a friend’s call? If so, you are in good company. Before we even got in the car this morning, I had looked at the week’s appointments and made a few mental notes of what I needed to do today. I started typing something for work after glossing over the daily readings, telling myself I’d go back to them in more detail later. And this was all before my second cup of coffee! I don’t think I’m all that different than many other parents of teens in that we never can seem to find enough time to “get everything done.” Even weekends can feel like domestic catch-up time instead of moments of respite and relaxation.
Life constantly throws stuff at us every day and we need to know how to juggle many tasks at once. Lately, though, I have begun to realize that I don’t want to multi-task as much anymore. The past few years have taught me that life is also about making choices, discerning God’s call and beginning to simplify the life in front of me. While I have a long way to go in the process of simplification, I call on God’s wisdom and grace often in this ongoing process of discernment. It’s almost like weeding a garden bed or cleaning a closet, knowing what you wish to hold on to and what you are finally willing to let go. Let my prayer continue to be like the words of the psalmist in Psalm 40: “Here I am, LORD; I come to do your will.”