As I rapidly approach 30, I’ve been reflecting on my 20s – lessons I’ve learned and points of view that have changed. One of the major changes I’ve noticed is my perception of what it means to be fruitful. I used to think that being busy and having a jam-packed calendar meant I was at my peak production. The more things I had to do, the more fruitful I was. If there wasn’t something on the agenda or to-do list, then there needed to be.
Then I got married and had a baby. Suddenly there were other people in my life that deserved more time than my calendar allowed. This really hit home when Baby Snob was born. There were many days when I spent hours breastfeeding her and the only time I left the couch or bed was to change her diaper or maybe make a turkey sandwich. I loved getting to spend that time with her, but my days felt far from fruitful.
As she as grown, and I have matured as well, I have grown to realize that being fruitful isn’t measured it what gets done. I don’t need to have something to show for myself at the end of the day. If I spend quality, real time with my family, that is truly a meaningful and productive day. My marriage and our relationship with our child (soon to be children) deserves more attention than my to-do list. Yes, things like laundry and work still have to get done, but they don’t need to be at the top of the list all the time.
Even on those days when we are jam-packed with work, errands and general house renovating madness, there can still be time to just sit and enjoy a moment together. I recently had a day like this: I had to work in the morning, get a bunch of paperwork finished right after lunch, followed by an appointment and errand. Then, on the way home I realized I needed to stall since we were having drywall installed at the house. So, we swung by the grocery store to grab a snack and something for dinner.
Yoplait had recently sent me a coupon to try the new Fruitful line of their yogurt. I was intrigued because it contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners (no corn syrup – yeah!!) and 1/3 cup of real fruit in each cup. Baby Snob picked out the cherries and red berries flavor. When we got home, it was still quite noisy and dusty inside from the drywall installation, so I grabbed a spoon and headed out to the front porch for our snack.
That moment, doing nothing but sharing some yogurt and watching the cars drive by, felt like the most fruitful moment of my day.
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Tell me – when do you feel most fruitful?
*Thank you Yoplait for sponsoring today’s post and letting me try Yoplait Fruitfuls. All opinions expressed are my own.*