Or are an individual who suddenly realizes, “Oh, shit! Labor Day is in two weeks and I have not done anything!” At least that is what your Inner Voice is shouting as you prepare to return to the work-a-day world, play to be shut away again until the next time it is okay to have fun - that winter vacation, the holidays. What is it about that Inner Voice that wants to relegate the pleasures of living to a space separate from where you spend at least 40 hours of your week? Why can’t pleasure and work balance together? A question to ask that little Voice inside of you that does not believe you can have a whole life.
Whether you have been able to do all twelve of the suggested “To Do’s” from June or only one or two, listen to the voice that was excited about “Doing” all that you did get to in the twelve weeks of summer and all that you have done in the first nine months of this year. It is coming time for reflection on all that brings purpose to your life, and bring them with you . . . for what comes next.
In this period of reflection and preparation that September brings, add to the mix of your “To Do” list that which brings purpose, not the ethereal Life Purpose, rather that which bring purpose to your living. The things where time is infinite, where inside and out you feel in sync, balanced of body, mind and spirit. You may be back to the work-a-day world; play is still part of your life as you adjust to the changing season. One hour, one day a week for your Self for delight continues balance in your mind, in your body, feeds your spirit.
So as the leaves begin to turn, I share with you another “To Do” list. This is a personal list that I look forward to each year, a list to celebrate the fullness of life and cherish the length of our days. I have done these things every year for longer than I can remember. Do I do them all every year? No. Have I done all of them in any one year? Yes. The excitement is in the anticipation of what I will do. So for those of you who have just started “Doing”, add them to your choices. For those of you who are completing the June “To Dos,” here are some suggestions to keep "Doing." Reflection is important. To continue "Doing" is equally so.
It Is Autumn
As with your June list choose one a week. You may be shifting into a different set of “To Dos,” “Doing” and playing remain important. Living is work . . . AND pleasure. So bring the “Doing” of play into this next season. I leave you to enjoy these last weeks of summer, contemplate the beauty, the fullness of Fall, and ponder what you will do in the stillness of winter.
. . . It is never too late to start "Doing."