23
Mar

Five Minute Friday - routine

Every Friday we unite for five minutes. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on routine.
Go.

It is kind of absurd how much I love a routine.
How much I crave knowing what my day looks like
what I do when.
And I can say it is because my days are so long
so hectic
so out of my control, in the hands of others.
I am tied to meetings and agendas and to-dos.
But if I am being honest, I love a routine because that is who I am.
I am tied to meetings and agenda and to-dos because that is the profession I chose and would do it all over again.
It is who I am and it is time for me to be okay with me.

So let me begin...
there is order in a routine
there is a knowing
there is a feeling of freedom from not having to think
it's a dance
it's pretty to me
it's me.

There is balance in a routine
it brings the crazy back down
it lines things up
it creates space
it allows me to exhale
it's calm
and it is calming
it is me.

And inside something so cold and so sterile
I created warmth and tradition after tradition after tradition.
I created space and time and focus on us.
I created beauty and affection
I created your love of knowing
and I made time, fleeting time, special.

Yes, I love my routine.
I love my schedule of schedules
I love the lists
the actions
I love how I took something so crazy about myself, so list oriented
and I made something gorgeous in us.

Stop.

Comments

  1. Lesley says:

    This is beautiful! Sometimes we can feel like routine is restrictive, but I love how you capture the sense of freedom there can be in it. It does mean there are certain things we don't have to think about so it frees up more time for other things.

  2. My favorite part of your post are the words space and time. Yes, routine does create space and time.

  3. michelle says:

    "I love how I took something so crazy about myself, so list oriented
    and I made something gorgeous in us."

    Thanks once again for you thoughts. We're next door this week! (33)

  4. Christy Johannesen says:

    My children would be more messy than they already are, the consistency is a gift to us all everyday. If the routine changes,if the schedule is off, if something like life throws us a curve...it is the routine which saves us.

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