Welcome to Real Life . Occasionally, my to-do lists backfire. It's January. A fresh year's before us. I want to make it count. So, I begin writing to-do lists. My desk is scattered with them: Goals for 2019 To-Do Today Prep for Mentoring Writing Projects to Complete In the morning, I feel fresh, inspired, and ambitious. I tend to crank out these lists. I thrive on productivity. When you finish something, doesn't it feel good to cross it off a list? And yet, our strengths can also be our weaknesses. Because I’m driven to go-do-accomplish, this morning, my lists overwhelm me. I’m pulled in too many directions. My mind scattered like my desk full of lists. It’s difficult to focus. So, I pray. Calm me, Lord. Quiet my noisy thoughts so I can hear your heart. And enter your Holy Place.  There, I hear his still small voice. You are placing importance on things unimportant. Before the work, Peggi, comes you—your heart, mind, and spirit.