Are you productive?
The other day I had someone ask me if I had a productive day. It was quite the question and I sat with it for a few minutes. I began to think about what I had accomplished during my day. I had walked the dogs and washed the dishes, dusted. I had a customer. So in that moment I thought yes, I did have a productive day.
Yesterday, during a conversation with my daughter I found out that she thinks all I do with my time is read. I was taken aback by this, and a little offended. Yes, I do read quite a bit, mostly study books. It's my go to because I love to learn. But my days are so much more than that. Also I did my time working outside the home, many years having 2 jobs. But does this define me? What I do now is so much more profound. For me that is, I am strictly speaking on my own behalf. These thoughts are mine alone.
This morning I was walking my dog and stopped to speak to my neighbour who has been retired for some time. Out of the blue she told me that she is unable to keep up with her housework by herself as it has become too much for her. Then she said something that blew my mind. She said she feels useless because she doesn't feel like she is pulling her weight. This lady is such a bright light. She brings joy to all she meets. Every single person in the area stops to talk to her and every single person wears a smile around her. And she has no idea how important she is.
So here's my question. Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? Everything starts with a seed. Did you have a idea about how to solve an issue? Did you decide what to have for dinner? Did you get out of bed? All of this is productive! One more thing, there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking time for you. Not only do you deserve it, but it is critical in the pursuance being productive.
Til next time,