Isn’t it just the way it goes? I get all psyched up about my new potential for productivity and then I get slammed with a weird week. You know the type. For no real reason at all, the whole family has just been off.
Instead of beating myself up over all I didn’t accomplish (namely, the completion of most everything I had planned), I’ve decided to take my own advice, shift gears and focus on what I did accomplish, which was quite a lot, come to think of it.
I highly recommend this exercise for those of you who tend to feel like you never quite do enough…
First, list the actions you engaged in over a given period of time. Then, rename them, considering what they really mean in the bigger scheme of things. All of a sudden, you are pretty amazing.
My Week’s Accomplishments
I made breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.I perpetuated the survival of our species. I took in a street pup, got her to the vet and cleaned up her messes at least a dozen times.I saved a life and helped prevent pet overpopulation. I accomplished a good deal of writing, despite the seven construction workers hammering concrete with chisels in my house.I found my zen. I helped with homework in two languages.I helped eradicate racism. I quit coffee.I overcame addiction. I (mostly) kept up with the housework.I organized chaos. I shared coconuts and muffins with said construction guys.I built community. I raked leaves and made a plan for our garden.I took a proactive stance against factory farms. I texted a bunch with my teenager and coached my pre-teen through some mean girl drama. I provided counsel to the next generation. I showed Estella how to finger knit.I taught a dying art. I consoled Eli through a total meltdown.I promoted peace. I took a walk or did yoga every day.I chose health. I studied Spanish.I increased my intelligence. I made a batch of Kambucha.I connected with the wisdom of the ages. I worked with my web designer on some site revisions.I advanced the manifestation of my dreams.
Is it really that far-fetched a concept that each of us is doing great things most of the time? Sure makes my week seem a little more awesome.