28 Apr Nobody Died Thinking “I Wish I Did More Dishes.”
Nobody Died Thinking “I Wish I Did More Dishes.”
Not necessarily physically, but mentally.
My internal dialogue must be reflective of what I want and not a long list of things I don’t want.
Its easy to get caught up in the trap of aimlessly letting my mind wander down a road that will only deplete my energy and bring me down.
The other day, after returning from a nice mini-vacation with my girlfriends I started to get back into the swing of things.
Immediately, I was getting slammed at all angles; clients had needs, I had deadlines, my son suddenly had to be picked up from school because he wasn’t feeling good, I had an unexpected E.R. visit and doctor’s appointments, I was starting a writing course, and diving into a new business venture. And of course everything else in between too.
By Wednesday, I had no idea what day it was.
To say I hit the ground running was an understatement.
I have a morning routine that, when followed it sets my day up for a good day.
Waking up and blowing off that routine would have been so easy for me to do this past week.
In fact, I thought about it. Several times.
Claiming “I don’t have time to meditate, I don’t have time to journal. I don’t have time to write.”
But I knew I didn’t have time not to do those things.
Ultimately, all I really wanted was PEACE.
Peace to know that my day wouldn’t be so chaotic. Peace to know that I wouldn’t fail as a mom or wife. Peace to know that my clients would be happy, and I would meet my deadlines with ease and grace.
Peace to know that when I laid my head on the pillow to go to bed that night, that I would feel satisfied and know that I did the best I could and be at peace with my imperfections.
The more things I have on my plate, the more imperative it is!
Which meant taking the time to meditate, even if it was just 3 minutes.
It meant taking a few deep breaths throughout my day to help me maintain my sanity.
I also knew I had to step up my game and pay extra close attention to my internal dialogue.
I had to shift my language to words that better served me, and probably more frequently too.
Instead of just letting my mind run wild and say things like “I don’t have enough time for this or that”, I knew I had to replace it with “I have plenty of time to get the things I need to get done.” If I caught myself endlessly going over my to-do list in my head, I simply said “Just one step at a time Jody.” And I took a big deep breath.
Its about doing what’s important not about checking things off of on my to-do list.
It isn’t about controlling my outside circumstances, its about controlling my mind and the thoughts I think.
Because when I do that, I’m less reactive and way more patient, loving and kind – not just with those around me but with myself too.
And isn’t that what’s most important?
I also end up being way more productive too – BONUS!
As I sit here writing this blog right now, the dishes are piled up in the sink because I told my husband that I’d do them in a bit.
And I will.
He’s making something to eat and is basically working around the dirty dishes.
For a second I felt bad.
I started to feel guilty. And for a quick hot minute, I felt a strong urge to stop writing and go do the dishes.
But I know the dishes aren’t really important.
Not in the big picture.
Writing is (at least in this moment).
Writing gives me life. It fills me up. And when the inspiration calls, I know I have to follow it. Regardless if the dishes are done or not.
Because the bottom line is this: The dishes WILL get done.
And nobody died thinking “I wish I did more dishes.”
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