It is Sunday evening and I am contemplating what I want/need to accomplish this week. I am a consummate list maker so when a Sunday night falls on the eve of a new month, I can’t resist the compulsion to make another list.
Lists help me clear my mind and to keep focus. I have a list on my refrigerator labeled “Clean Something Obscure Month”. The thing is, when I clean my house, there are always tasks that I don’t get to before I run out of time, energy, or motivation. Things like: dust the blinds, clear out the TV cabinet, wash the ceiling fans, wipe down the tops of cabinets, etc. These are the leftovers – so I thought if I dedicated a month to working on them, they would get addressed. And, they have. Of the 24 tasks, I have completed all but 4 of them. That is pretty good and much better than if I hadn’t made the list – even if the actual ‘clean-something-obscure-month’ was May… anyway, there is much more satisfaction for me to set the goals and check some of them off than to arbitrarily do things.
The things I need to accomplish this week have mostly to do with glazing. There is a lot of glazing to be done. And, glazing takes more time than I care to admit. In addition to the multitude of pots that need to be glazed, I need to get ready for my workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (that sounds so prestigious – I call it ‘sleep-away-clay-camp’ – which it is). In preparation, I need to assemble my travel tool kit. Also, I am dog sitting while my friend is on vacation. This is great for Braum because he will have a playmate for the next few days. I have some reports to finish at work; and, I am covering additional projects for a colleague who is on vacation (I am also taking care of his cat, but the cat is not in residence with us during the pet-sitting). And, a new session of Intermediate Pottery starts this week! That is exciting but it will require some preparation if I am to have leather-hard pots for demo. All-in-all a full (but manageable) week – I have a blessed life!
You don’t really know about tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for only a short while before it vanishes. Here’s what you ought to say: “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:14-15