My Winnie The Pooh Revelation
School has been back in session for a few weeks now, yet I find myself reflecting back on our summer…what we enjoyed, and what I wish we would have done a little differently. Specifically, what could I have done a little differently? For that, I have to take you back to the very beginning of the summer!
Each and every summer, I find myself in a similar position…excited for a break from the everyday routine, downtime with family, mornings to sleep in late, making fun summer memories and spending quality time with my family. I am extremely fortunate that my husband is a high school teacher and gets the entire summer off. Summer for our family is a true vacation. But, if I was going to be totally honest with you, I should also tell you that summer is often accompanied for me by a colossal to-do list. I always think that I will be super productive with my hubby home and the lack of a routine. And, truth be told, it very frequently throws me into a state of overwhelm!
This source of overwhelm for me is not uncommon and it is certainly not reserved for the Summer alone. I am a very typical Type A personality…competitive, goal driven, motivated and driven by a desire to succeed. In many areas of my life, I have been served extremely well by these characteristics…academics, athletics, my career. I have experienced tremendous success and, truth be told, I have also enjoyed the recognition that has come with it. Yet, here I am, at a new point in my life, where I sometimes wish that I was a little less “Type A!”
In just a few short months, I will be 40 years old. I have three children (ages 10, 7 and 4) who are growing up too quickly. My daughter just started middle school for crying out loud, my middle son is a second grader, and my little guy just began his final year in preschool. I have a career that I absolutely love! I am an Executive Sales Leader with Norwex and I am truly passionate about educating others about radically reducing their chemical use, with products that are truly life changing. And, with this career, I have the ultimate flexibility. With three kiddos and a busy schedule, I couldn’t ask for any better. But, for someone like me, that blessing of flexibility and complete control over my own success, can also be a curse. You see, I know that Norwex is going to be absolutely huge in my area, and I know that I am instrumental in making that a reality. It also really doesn’t feel like work at all… I have fun with my job and it is so inspiring. In fact, just before my daughter went to bed the other night, she looked at me with tears in her eyes (this is a true story!) and told me that I inspire her every day to work just a little harder than she did the day before. When you are driven to succeed, and love what you do, and you want to earn the next incentive, or the next trip, it can be hard to stop working. But, at the same time, I know that my kids are only going to be young for so long… and it is already going by too quickly! That colossal to-do list and my Type A tendencies are just going to have to take a back seat sometimes. It’s not just my Norwex work… I would love a perfectly organized home, without piles of papers on the countertops and legos all over the place. But, you know what, that’s not my reality at the moment, and I think I am finally starting to be ok with it!
So, when was my Winnie The Pool revelation, you ask? On a rainy summer afternoon, our whole family went to see Christopher Robin. I’ve always been a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh and my kids were excited to see it as well (I think my hubby just came along for the ride). There were a lot of poignant moments during the movie, but one in particular really spoke to me. Christopher Robin, who grew up to be a rather Type-A individual himself, found himself reunited with his childhood friend, Winnie the Pooh. Stressed to get back to his tasks and his to-do list, he wondered and asked Pooh what day it was. “Today exclaimed Pooh. My Favorite Day!” I immediately welled up with tears. Here we were, with just a few precious weeks of summer remaining, and I still felt overwhelmed by all of the tasks that I had yet to complete. But…at that moment, something shifted in me and I decided to do my best to enjoy the time off with my kids, without the sense of overwhelm in the back of my mind at all times. The truth is, you really should treat “Today” as your favorite day, and do that as much as you can!
It is now Autumn, and we have quickly been thrown back in to our frantic daily routines. So, did my inbox get cleaned out? Nope…it’s still sitting there with 28,000 emails in it! Are the photos downloaded and organized? Not yet! But, we enjoyed the end of our summer as a family, and I hope that we made some great memories all summer long. It’s also my last year at home with my preschooler. So, after lunch when the laundry needs to be folded, and the dishes are piled in the sink, and the papers are stacked on the counters, my son will often ask me to play. There are some times when I want to say no because there is just too much to get done before the after-school activities, and all the chaos that ensues with three kids, in three different schools. But, I am doing my best to remind myself that my to-do list will wait, and he will only be home with me for this one last year. So, we are playing more…more shooting hoops outside, more building with blocks and more quiet moments with books. I am trying to do more of that with my school aged children as well. Will I still be a Type-A personality, driven by success and my to-do list. Of course! But, I am trying to remind myself every day that “Today is my Favorite Day” and that I will never get today back!
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