MAKE YOUR BED!!
How often did you hear those words spoken (in varying intensity) as you were growing up? Did you resent it and wonder. “Why?”? Obviously, our parents “encouraged” us to make our beds as a way to teach us responsibility, completion of tasks, and who-knows- what other life lessons. We saw it as something else we HAD to do. Therefore, if you are at all like me, making your bed ceased to be a priority when you were able to make your own decisions and schedule your own day.
That is, at least until recently.
I have found that making the bed is actually a GREAT way to start my day! Doing so gives me the satisfaction of having done something positive right out of the gate. That feeling of accomplishment, even completing such a small, rather meaningless task, seems to ignite a flame for completing my next planned task for the day. This energy then feeds on itself throughout the day. On the other hand – when I do not make my bed – my day seems to also start out as disheveled as the sheets and blankets on my bed!
Does this sound weird or juvenile to you? Before passing judgment, please try it. Or, if making your bed is not for you, start every day with completing some other routine task of your choice. Let me know how it works for YOU. Now…
MAKE YOUR BED!!
It happened to me AGAIN this morning! Seemingly the world was against me – plans going awry, my “to do” list getting longer instead of shorter, becoming overwhelmed with what to do and how to do it. I wanted so badly to just pull up the covers, go back to sleep, and not deal with life today!
Has this ever happened to YOU?? Am I not the only one that goes through this sort of scenario? What do YOU do?
Well, I reluctantly chose (important word) to start the day…but not without feeling a bit sorry for myself and not being motivated to do anything other than what I absolutely HAD to do. Yes…I was going to allow life to dictate my day and attitude.
I obligingly responded to a couple of phone and text messages and began working on content for our webpage. And then, without fanfare or even intention, something strange began to happen. I suddenly found myself completely immersed in what needed to be done and my attitude was changing from reactive to proactive. As I worked, I gained momentum and was accomplishing things that earlier in the day I had not even imagined doing. Life was okay again.
I began this article with, “It happened to me AGAIN this morning!” You may have thought I meant facing the day overwhelmed, fearful, and apathetic. What I actually meant was that…while those feelings were indeed present…by taking a step forward into the teeth of despair, I turned a potentially self-defeating day into one that was highly productive and energizing. It has happened to me before; therefore, there must be something to it. It just might work for you, too.
What do smoke detectors, remote-control cars, hearing aids, and people have in common? Answer: They all need their batteries re-charged periodically!!
When was the last time you had your “batteries re-charged” for dealing with the challenges you face on a daily basis?
Have you allowed your batteries to run down so far that your life moves forward at a snail’s pace or not at all?
Re-charging your batteries is vital for growth, success, and peace of mind. Daily tasks, responsibilities, people pulling in all directions, and disruptive distractions from a multitude of sources quickly drain one’s energy, focus, and positive attitude. These obligations and interruptions often result in simply “going through the motions” of living…just trying to make it through each day.
That’s not LIVING – that’s merely EXISTING!
If you want to really start LIVING, I encourage you to take time to “re-charge your batteries” by:
- Going to church / Reading the Bible.
- Hugging your spouse and your kids daily.
- Reading a good book and learning something new every day.
- Exercising regularly.
- Reminding yourself daily of the vision and goals you have for your life.
- Doing something for someone else – daily.
- _____________ (Your choice!)
- Rewarding yourself periodically (weekly, monthly, etc.) for reaching certain goals and objectives.
Invest in yourself by recharging your batteries in these ways and you will soon find yourself LIVING again.
Wishing you peace, success, and happiness in your life.