The last speaker of the day at a conference I recently attended in New York spoke about how she tackled fear. One of her college professors assigned she and her classmates the task of doing... Read More »
An all or nothing attitude is great when life is simple and the effort is being applied to only one or two commitments.
My inner critic loves all-or-nothing, because the “all” portion of that philosophy screams of excellence and high standards.
- I will do tackle all my laundry in one day. And, if I don’t have time to wash, dry, and fold it, I will do none of it until tomorrow when I can do it all.
- I will thoughtfully mail my friends presents for their birthdays. And, if I miss the date then I blew it for the year and even a belated birthday card seems too obligatory.
- I will spend thirty minutes each Friday, preparing and planning for the next week. And, if I don’t make time then the whole week will be a wash and I might as well muddle through until next week when I can start fresh.
- I will read every chapter of every book selected by my book club. And, if I can’t read the whole book, why read any of it? And definitely I should skip the monthly meeting.
- I will exercise five days a week for at least one hour. And, if plan gets derailed, well then I might as well blow off the rest of the week. And since I am blowing the week, I might as well eat that big piece of strawberry cake that is calling my name.
- I will write blog posts six days a week and, if I can’t eek them out then I won’t write any. All month. And, if I blow it for the month then there is no continuity and I might as well forget the rest of the year.
Yet, it has been partly cloudy for five or six days now and still life marches on.
Trees are still standing, birds are still nesting, and people are still shining in their corners of the world.
The sun doesn’t need to shine every minute for the day to be good. And for us to be good, we don’t have to shine every day.