Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Those who cannot change their minds...

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.
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11 comments:

  1. Ah I did a cleaning schedule once! What a laugh - even my husband was dubious, especially when he read 'skirting boards' on day five! I love this quote - fortunately I find it remarkably easy to change my mind! #candidcuddles

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    1. Thanks! Maybe I'll try again with something much less ambitious!

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  2. This quote has huge meaning for me right now. We are dealing with a situation that has most people judging us and our life. It has to do with addiction and mental illness, depression and chronic illness. Everyone one of us, in our family, has fallen victim. I never understood these issues before, the isolation, the tricks you mind plays, the judgement of others. My mind has changed drastically and so has my heart. I had my eyes opened so I could change my mind. Crazy how that happens, isn't it?

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    1. It sounds like you're going through a very difficult situation. I guess these things do make you change the way you think about a lot of things. I hope you can find a way to improve the situation. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Great quote & very true. We have to change our mind & opinions or else nothing else will ever change. Your cleaning schedule was very ambitious I must say. :) Changing your mindset can be challenging but also very rewarding! Thanks so much for sharing with #candidcuddles!! x

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    1. Thanks for hosting! Maybe I can come up with a more realistic schedule instead of giving up on it altogether!

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  4. I am a creature of routine, so if I can establish one for things like cleaning then I can keep to it. 'if' is the word though. I do find it very hard to change my mind, or rather, revisit decisions once they are made. This is, indeed, not a good thing overall. Flexibility is a wonderful thing.

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    1. Right, the difficult part is establishing a routine in the first place. Flexibility is good, as long as it doesn't mean sacrificing what you want to go along with what everyone else wants. Sticking to your decisions can be a good thing if there's a valid reason. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. My husband hates going to restaurants with me as I always change my mind when ordering. I always have a few options that I want, I see what everyone else orders, and then I ask the waitress what they would choose. Changing your mind isn't a bad thing, neither is being in a routine. It's all about horses for courses #PoCoLo

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    1. Yes, it all depends! I'm the worst person to go clothes shopping with, I'm so indecisive! Thanks for your comment!

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  6. What a great quote - I haven't seen this one before but I have certainly felt like that on many occasions! One of the things I am terrible at doing is admitting defeat and changing my mind! Hope it all works out for you. Thank you so much for linking to #PoCoLo and hope to see you again this week x

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