Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Those who cannot change their minds...
I can change my mind. I have done so many times. Sometimes I berate myself for being indecisive, or for making unwise decisions that I later have to go back on. So I love this quote - I am vindicated!
At the beginning of the summer holidays, I optimistically made myself a cleaning schedule that involved cleaning different parts of the house each day of the week. Ha ha, I soon changed my mind about that! Read it and laugh at me here.
I did stick to it for the first week, then my parents arrived so I wasn't at home all that much. The day after they left I started back at work, and it's so difficult to come home from work and do cleaning, it's the last thing I want to do, and with so many other priorities for my time I have plenty of excuses. Sometimes my inner rebel just decides I'm not in the mood and refuses to do anything. I usually manage to do a general sweep and mop everywhere (almost) at the weekend, but by mid-week the house is a tip again.
So, I can change my mind, but can I actually Change My Mind? As in, change the way I think? I could interpret this quote as meaning "You won't be able to change anything else unless you change your way of thinking." In my case, it requires a whole letting go of petty resentments and stubbornness that have latched themselves onto me and somehow become important. Prising them off and getting rid of negative thinking habits is the only way to bring more positive things into my life. Am I babbling now? It's late.
So, what small successes can I rescue from my Make the most of myself project? As I said, I manage to clean most of the house once a week, at least, and cleaning the patio every day has become part of my routine, so that's not too bad.
I've also started doing some meal planning - not every week, but I did feel a bit more organised when I did it and got some new recipes to vary my repertoire a little! I'll be keeping up with that as much as I can.
I've been getting to bed slightly earlier than before, on the whole, I think. I'll keep working on that one.
After this brief review and reflection I'm ready to move forward and decide where I want to go with the next part of this project. I'll let you know in the next installment. Whatever my priorities are, I need to first change the way I think to allow me to change anything else about myself.