Today’s message is brief because I’m writing this during the Memorial Day weekend and frankly, I don’t feel like writing, period. Generally, I LOVE to write these newsletters. But sitting at the computer is not something I want to do at the moment. I love writing because each article is new and it makes my brain work in creative ways.
But I hate doing daily, repetitive chores, mostly because I cannot handle being bored. You, too?
I don’t know what I hate more– the ongoing piles of laundry, the dirty dishes in the sink, or figuring out what to make for dinner every night.
A few years back, a friend of mine was conducting a super cool workshop for women musicians, most of whom write their own music. I attended because I am an amateur musician and I thought these women might inspire me to jump in and write more songs. They spoke about how hard it was for them to work as songwriters- to get started and to stick with a song. My friend came up with the most interesting concept that has helped me since, which I paraphrase here:
Don’t do it because you have to; do it because you can.
Or, to make it easier to remember:
I Don’t HAVE to Do it: I CAN Do it
It hit me so hard- how lucky I am that I CAN rinse a dish and stick it into the dishwasher. I have mobility. I can bend. I can see.
I CAN throw clothes in the washing machine. I CAN make my bed every morning.
See if this works for you. Give it a try. Then let me know how you fare by leaving a brief message in the Comment section below.
OK, Time to do that second load of laundry. Because I can.