I have a routine.
I think we all have a routine to one extent or another.
Things we do.
Just automatically, almost without even thinking about it.
I think that for most of us, whether we even think about it, our routine is important to us. It is what we do, and the reason why we do it is simply because for one reason or another, at one time or another in our life, the things we do in our routine have become part of our routine because they are things we need, and things that are important to us. If these things were not important to us, we would not do them every day. Right?
This morning, I was in the middle of my morning routine:
- Get up.
- Boot up my computer.
- Check my e-mail to see if anything important came in overnight.
- Check a series of websites that publish information on topics that I care about.
Scratch that #4 above.
As I was checking my “regular websites” this morning, I realized that much of this stuff was not important to me anymore. Some of the stuff, to be honest, I really don’t care much about anymore. Why am I spending time checking about stuff that I really don’t care about.
After the realization, I sat there thinking.
What is important to me these days? I’ve changed a lot, and it is different things that are important to me than what it used to be. But, what things really are important to me now?
Honestly, I was not sure anymore. Oh, of course things like my family and friends are important to me. That’s not what I’m talking about, those things are a given. I’m talking about my interests, things that I care enough about to spend some time every day keeping up with the topic. That sort of thing.
As I sat there thinking over what is important in my life, the words to a song that I like came to me. The song is called “Distantly in Love” by Jimmy Buffett. The first verse of the song seemed to fit my feelings this morning:
Pay phones all were ringing as the crowd went roarin’ by
Lovely dancers swaying to an island lullaby
Beside the southern ocean taking stock of what’s to be
Writing you this letter that you’ll probably never see
It’s the third line that fit my feeling today – “Beside the southern ocean taking stock of what’s to be.”
Yes, I realized that it’s time for me to take stock of my feelings and interests today, and to revise my routine to something more current.
One of the parts of my routine that really is of little interest to me these days, but used to be, is an interest in US Politics. I used to be a real political junkie. These days, I don’t even live in the USA any more, so why do I even care? Fact is, I don’t care too much any more, but I still check the political news religiously every day. Why? I need to cut that off, and spend that time on something that is more relevant to my life that I am living today. I need to take stock of what’s to be in my life, and modify my routine to fit what I discover when I take stock.
The fact is, as I think this over, we all need to take stock from time to time and unclutter our lives of things that really don’t mean much to us any longer.
Just like what Jimmy Buffett says in the song… I want to go sit next to the southern ocean and take stock of what’s to be. I think I’ll do it today.
What about you?