A Day Well Spent ( A Poem)

May 16, 2013 in Hearts at Home,Organization

Heart at Home Blog HopIt’s been quiet here. End of the year home school units and soccer have consumed my time. But today is the monthly Heart at Home blog hop (join us?). The topic continues to mirror Jill Savage’s book: No More Perfect Moms. As I tried to write about my imperfect days, I realized two things. 1) God is pressing on me to change my view of a day well-spent. Today’s post and this one (Putting People First) from two weeks ago reflect that. 2) Some days I feel jealous that I didn’t get the “organized” gene. I do think you can learn behaviors that bring organization into life, but I also know, organization comes more naturally to certain personalities than others. Though I am not super organized or neat, God wants me to rejoice in how he made me, not waste energy wishing I had different traits. That said, prose was elusive today and the homeschool poetry unit is infiltrating my brain–enjoy!


At night, just before bed
She scribbled her list-
not of to-dos or should-dos,
must-dos or could -dos.
Her list was of had-dones,
finished-dones and complete-dones.
And after making her list
she crossed each item off

Her pad of lists,
it grew day after day.
It made her feel-
organized, grateful
content. Her house was dusty.
Her fridge shelves sticky-
laundry folded but not put away.
Her windows needed cleaning.

Still each day, she made her list
And crossed off all that she had done:
Read story to my daughter
Pulled 10 weeds
Paid some bills
Gave cookies to the mailman
Prayed for my friend
Read some scripture
Cooked healthy dinner
Sent encouraging email to my aunt
Walked around the block (x10)
chatted with my husband 
Cleaned up the kitchen

That wise woman–well she knew-
A day well spent wasn’t
full of tasks completed and time consumed
A day well spent
meant time with God and people too,
a few tasks completed, with time to spare
to bless those you hold dear
and a few strangers too.


*notebook image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/Free Digital Photos

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teresa May 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

thank you for the post. I have realized after many years of mothering the times when a warm smile emerges on my face after a difficult day is when I relax in the moment of just being with my family, watching them grow and develop their own character instead of thinking of the next task.


pruningprincesses May 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Teresa, you have a great perspective. I hope I can get to that place soon. Thank for taking the time to comment.


Joylynn May 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I really like that idea – writing the list of things that have been done after they’ve been done:)


pruningprincesses May 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Thanks Joylynn, I like the idea too, though I’ve never actually done it.


Tristi May 17, 2013 at 1:02 am

Love this!


pruningprincesses May 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thank you!


Corlie October 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

Love it! I am a list maker myself, and can get very swept up in ticking things off (and yes adding them even after they have been done!), sometimes forgetting that just relaxing and watching something on the computer with my hubbie is a tick mark worth scores of other tick marks 🙂 Thanks for reminding me of that!


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