New beginning

Life is radically changing for me, starting this very week. My youngest child is beginning full days at school and for the first time in more than six years I’ll have hours stretched before me where I am the only person I need to answer to.

Please hold a minute while I conduct my own personal happy-dance party.

It feels like a whole new beginning.

Fall seems to bring on that feeling for many of us. As soon as Labor Day hits there’s an uptick in pace and productivity all around. Perhaps it’s our own memories of freshly sharpened pencils, crisp notebooks, and the exciting promise of a new school year ahead of us - another opportunity to decide who we’re going to become or how we’re going to do things differently in the coming months.

So for me, writing this post as I begin my first full day at home without the kids, I wonder...

What am I going to do?

It’s not as though I have a blank slate ahead of me - no expanding to-do list barreling down on me, stuffed with items for work, home, school, family, friends, exercise, blah-ditty blah blah blah.

But what if I did have a blank slate? What if I pulled out that fresh notebook and newly sharpened pencil and wrote down one thing to focus on today? What would it be?

For me, today, it’s this: To connect with you.

To offer you a breath, a bit of space, a moment, where you can ask yourself:
What would I write down on that fresh sheet of paper?

It’s cool if you don’t know the answer right away. I didn’t, really, until I learned how to ask. And sometimes I ask and I’m still clueless – we all have a lot that we want to prioritize in our lives.

But the important thing is this:

Ask.

And then after you’ve asked, listen.

Katherine Jaeger-ThomasComment