Let all things be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40)
For many years, I looked at the family calendar hanging on our kitchen wall each morning to stay aware of who had what, when and where. My kids were good about keeping track of their own schedules, but it helped to know when I’d be the driver for an appointment, or when my husband’s work days shifted, and also to see what my upcoming commitments outside our family were.
Time moves on and kids grow up and now I’ve “graduated” from the family calendar to my own agenda. My daughters have all sung the praises for these books-of-the-organized which have helped them keep track of high school and college assignments, tests, performances, and any other important dates. I could not live without my agenda are words that I heard uttered more than once in our home, and with utter conviction.
National Novel Writing Month has inspired me to fill my own agenda with the things that would help ensure a successful month of creativity. Since writing and living well are intertwined for me, what serves one serves the other. I took my time choosing an agenda, because it had to be the right agenda. It would symbolize order and commitment not only for November, but for the months ahead. I wanted one with the days written left to write, like a book. I also wanted to be able see a whole month at a glance. When I found the perfect one, I penned in my schedule for the entire month. At least for me, there is power in writing things down.
Writing group meetings, solo writing time, yoga classes (roughly the same time every couple days to keep it routine) fill my month. I can glance at my agenda and see clearly when exercise takes place, and when writing takes place . Thanksgiving preparations, attending my daughter’s performance, and my wedding anniversary celebration all have their precise times. When it’s in writing, I don’t take it lightly or waste energy deciding what to do or in what order; there it is in black and white. My agenda is like insurance for the habits and routine I want to live by all month, keeping me focused on my top priorities.
Here is the most valuable thing I’ve learned: we can allow life to flow through us, in all its perfect energy, or we can stay blocked. Each day we are choosing one or the other. It’s in the big choices but also in the seemingly small ones. There is a magnificent order in the universe, but to tap into it, it helps to put our own lives in order. When we do, we feel it and everything works better. Choosing a plan and sticking to it is no easy gig for some, but figuring out what works best is part of the fun. So here’s to agendas and the order that they symbolize. Here’s to choices set in ink. November may appear dreary and cold, but it is really full of potential and miracles if we can just make our way into that current.