"What really matters in life,
is rarely on my daily *to do* list!"
Oh my gosh! This one is so true. We all have choices every single day. We each have the same amount of hours, but different responsibilities. No matter what we decide, there are consequences for our actions. Sometimes those are good and sometimes, well, not so much.
As I am getting older, I am learning that the things that matter most are rarely the ones we think need doing right this minute. But when we put them off, and put them off, and put them off.....
Soon time has flown and the things that are most important are still undone.
I remember when I was a young mother with four small children at home. One of the sisters in my ward was very ill and I volunteered to bring their family dinner. I made the meal (enough for both families) and made a cake for the other family. I did not have time to make one for us. My sweet son, following along behind to take the dinner across the street, kept asking, "Are we going to eat cake OVER THERE?"
Needless to say, I went home and made more cake, because obviously, it was way more important to him that we had dessert than it was to me.
I learned to share with my children, the work as well as the cake.
So, no matter what is on your own "to do" list, make sure that you leave room for a little bit of chocolate cake to remind your family how very much they mean to you.
As for me, the more the years pass, the more important they all become, but the less they want to believe that. Sometimes, all I can do is just keep them on that list.