My friend Bethany is a naturalist, environmental educator, and generally lovely person who recently shared this little seed of a thought:
I just found it such a whole-hearted, gentle idea, and so well-suited to the way I try to approach my work and yours. It's so common to view our to-do lists as something we need to conquer, something standing between us and rest, or fun. I'm as prone to that kind of thinking as the next person, and some days are always going to be a challenge. But I'm trying very hard to embrace this idea of tending to my tasks, not just tackling them. To keep in mind that not every task needs my attention every minute of the day; that the tasks come in their seasons and some seasons are abundant in need and others abundant in reward.
This month, as you're making your to-do lists, I hope you'll take a moment to breathe, to be gentle with your list and yourself, and to try hard to think of the tasks you need to tend to as a garden, not a battlefield.
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