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.
Minutes ago I wrote the theme for my beyond early yoga class tomorrow morning.
My thoughts were to weave in stories about looking to the good, the positive that we do, and how we can gain strength not from our physical capacity, but how it comes from an indomitable will (Thank you Gandhi and Happy Birthday).
About how the words that we choose impact how others see us and also how we perceive ourselves. To watch out for thoughts and pay attention to them as they come to us when we are put into difficult situations, uncomfortable poses. And when they do come to the surface in that not so fantastic light, to acknowledge them, accept them, and possibly change them.
All that pondering and wondering what to say, when all along it was sitting in my ‘inbox’ waiting to be read in your blog.
Now I wish I could come to your yoga class! So true about the words we choose.
MOM! seriously i would rather you call me a toddler than a pre teen its like the stupidest thing you can call someone, not to mention annoying!
This is a completely awesome perspective. Cracked me up and yet totally true. Thank you!
WOW, I love your blog! =) I’m a new reader, found you through kellymom on facebook. Via an article you wrote for Mothering. You really are inspiring! Although you make me do math for your security question… Argh… =)
Just found your blog and am really enjoying it. And your week sounds pretty awesome! Would love to talk to you about your move abroad and some of the logistics. My husband is from South America and we’re working on a plan to live part here, part there and I’m always curious to hear other peoples experiences.
I love this article and the concept that we shouldn’t just use “Busy” as the default answer to “How are you doing?”.
My friend, Lisa, at little coffee beans linked me to you. I’m glad she did. 🙂
Best comment = taos! LOVE that your kids read your posts!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! This made me feel so much better after someone asked me regarding my two young boys and the fact that I’m a stay-at-home & homeschooling mom, “So what do you do all day? Just entertain these guys?” Yup…
Don’t you just love those moments? If I had a nickel for every time…Keep being your awesome self, mama. You do plenty, I can assure you and we’ve never even met.
Beautiful, healing words. Thank you.
This is awesome! All too often I feel swamped with things I haven’t done. Putting this kind of spin on what I do get done will help a lot ^-^ I can just feel it 🙂