My alarm rings and I hear Hannah Keeley say, “Get Your Butt Outta Bed!” I’ve been listening to her podcasts lately. As I dress, I put on the scarf that my daughter bought me so she visits me in my mind for a bit. As I apply my eyeliner, I think of Judy and her teaching me how to use my new eyeliner. I hear her teaching me, “one slow steady line,” and then I hear her teasing me about being cheap when I worry about wasting some. I apply deodorant and remember the conversation about Susan’s sister-in-law who applies an antiperspirant at bedtime and not first thing in the morning, so I hear Susan’s gentle voice. I greet the family members that are physically here in my home and then I check my text messages to see a video from Nicole, a text from Lori and a missed call from Kevin. When I put my dirty laundry into the washing machine, I think of Susan who recommended this front loader and later I may read a book that Becky recommended, look up a scripture that Kim sent me and think of Kelly and Lori and our plans for our Godly Girls Club on Friday. I notice the way that Linda G. arranged my knick knacks on the table and I laugh when I remember Suzanne and our conversation at lunch yesterday.
You see, even though today I plan to be home alone, I am never alone because of the imprints others have left on my memory and in my life. All the instruction, recommendations and lessons come to mind as I go about my day. All of the skills I have were taught to me by others and I continue to be encouraged by the “teacher” long after the lesson has been learned. I am very appreciative of all of those who have taken the time to recommend the best lipstick, given me the easiest recipe for Mac and Cheese or taught me to “Pick up the big stuff so it looks like you cleaned.” Long before Facebook and websites were dedicated to Life hacks, friends shared their wisdom. Thank you, friends! I’m glad the memory of you will be with me today. Now let’s go grab a cup of tea and relax with the book that Becky recommended. Have a good day!
a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.