Later this afternoon, I will begin my long weekend. For reasons involving being faced with how tenuous and unpredictable our lives are on this planet, I am compelled more than ever to fill the weekend with things that matter.
I fully understand that what matters to me is my own personal take on things, and neither reflects nor imposes itself on others.
The list of things that matter is great, but I’ve narrowed a to do list of things that matter and can be done this weekend. It sounds mundane at first: Clean up the yard & install new shutters, update the gazebo (paint, new carpet, pest eradication, fix electrical), finish the website demo for WAS, find and use my sketch pad, visit the funeral home, go to the racetrack.
The essence behind those tasks is anything but mundane.
- Yard: Taking care of my little spot on Earth to make it better and taking pride in my home so that it is a place I always am happy to come back to.
- Gazebo: This is sacred space for thinking, decompressing, and for entertaining friends. I want it to be a place that others want to share with me, strengthening my sense of community with my chosen family.
- Website: Strengthening my sense of global community and living up to the promises I make.
- Drawing: Allowing my inner child and artist to grow and have an outlet that balances my stress and keeps me healthy
- Funeral Home: Sharing my strength and love with a friend who lost her husband because I believe every little bit counts.
- Racetrack: I could say that I’m supporting a cause, representing with pride the place I work, or networking. But the fact is, this I am doing purely for fun.
And that is the best celebration of Memorial Day that I can have. Having fun while remembering what others have done to give me the freedom to do all the things that I feel matter.
Originally published at Stage 3: bohemian. You can comment here or there.