I Make Myself Laugh
Sometimes I have to laugh at myself. I'm almost 62 years old and yet some of my behavior patterns are childish. For example, there were a few first steps on my Goals List for this year that were to be done by yesterday. So do I tackle the most difficult one first... clearing off the dining table that had been covered with clutter for the past few months, or do I complete all the little, easy items and stall on doing the table until after supper when I am tired and don't really want to do it at all?
You guessed it, I left the big ticket project until last. Of course then I was wishing I would have tackled it first, but I knew I had to get up and do it or I would feel rather pathetic about already slacking on my goals. So, it can be said that guilt is a motivator and I'm pleased to report that I went to bed smiling, having completed everything that was scheduled to be done by end of day.
It's kind of nice to see the table top again, especially since it is a tall table and functions as extra counter/work space in our very small kitchen. Good grief, why do I put things off for so long, avoiding it at all costs, when it took less than two hours time to clear the table and make it functional again, not to mention it looks good, and feels good to see it cleaned off?
I am sometimes surprised by my ability to postpone, ignore, or avoid altogether the things that I don't want to deal with, both in tangible aspects like the table and in less tangible areas of my life, like behavioral changes. Now comes the challenge... can I keep the table cleaned off? We'll see! :-)