If we’re not all working on something, anything and everything, we’re probably not very alive. Occasionally, we need to inventory ourselves to see what needs work. Maybe it’s the body, or the finances, but it’s usually the head. Take time during, or after this post, and dig deep to determine, what it is you’re working on. Here are a few of my own:
- Keeping a tidy house. I’m like a little kid, pulling out all my toys, and spreading them out across the family room floor. For example, right now, we’re talking wine corks. Hundreds of them and serving trays. Its okay, until someone else wants to live there with me. It’s my style and it’s driving Jeff nuts. Eventually Part A (corks) will fit into Part B (trays). For now, it’s a mess, but I’m working on it.
- Corks AKA divisional activity. You can always tell when I should be spending my time on something I don’t want to spend time on, because I start spending time on something else, which has no relevance to the important task. For example, a couple years ago, a multi-level-marketing product caught my fancy and I was all in, for a brief time. Oh, the enthusiasm! The possibility of striking it rich. Soon, the idea that I already had a full-time job and I couldn’t properly manage an initiative like facial cream sales diminished the allure. I folded shop. Fortunately, I liked the product and used my inventory for about year. What I needed to be doing was cleaning out my parents’ home, preparing it for sale. Diversion, also called, “procrastination,” completes one thing, in lieu of another. I eventually arrive at the right task; it just takes me a while. I know, it’s stupid, but “I’M WORKING ON IT!” (P.S. I’ll let you know from what the corks are diverting my attention, soon!)
- Vices. It’s difficult to let go of other peoples’ vices, especially, when the vice affects their health adversely. One example: smoking or chewing tobacco. It’s difficult, because we cannot understand another’s addiction. I just don’t understand why people don’t want to help themselves. Since we’re prone to so many health hazards, it’s my philosophy to help ourselves where we can. When Jeff turned 60, I promised him I would never nag him again about smoking. I promised. But I couldn’t do it. It breaks my heart that I broke my promise, but I can’t idly stand by, when there is much life ahead of him. Ahead of us. His theory is, “Something’s going to eventually get us, so don’t sweat all stuff.” I didn’t say small stuff, because to me, it’s not small stuff. I said, “I’m working on it.”
- Honesty in writing. To make more impact, Jeff suggests I dive deeper into what I write. Well, I just did in #3 above. Let’s see how this goes. It feels vulnerable to go honest, almost rogue. But if we don’t lay it out there, how do we connect on a true level? It’s hard, but I’m working on it.
What are you working on? I’d love to hear if you’ll share. It will remain anonymous. That I promise and you can count on it.