(Little posts like this are written for myself, to give myself a bit of a kick. If I should seem to be preaching, it’s only to me.)
Sometimes it seems as if working and sleeping and sitting on the couch are enough.
Sometimes it seems like that’s all the energy we have. Barely enough to get up and get out and get all of the work done and get home and crash and sleep and then get the hell up and do it all over again.
The delights, such as they are, come from getting all these things done, in addition to those fleeting moments of achievement gained during the work times. That and the feeling of safety and relief of finally landing in front of the telly and kicking your shoes off, your work all done for another day.
Sometimes it feels like enough.
But it’s not. We all know it, deep inside, but we still have to remind ourselves of it from time to time. We have to kick ourselves into action, into activity.
The moments of joy and true fulfillment and peace and value mostly come from the things we do outside of all the things we have to do. We haul ourselves off the couch and away from the telly and we do the things we are inspired to do. It can be anything, composing a symphony, painting a landscape, completing a jigsaw puzzle, it doesn’t matter. It’s extra-curricular, something we have chosen to do of our own accord, and I reckon it’s deep in there that much of the value of our everyday existence can be found.
We don’t have to do much outside of the daily grind to appreciate the value of it. A little something can quickly show us that there is a world outside of our never ending routine and we can choose to be a part of it. It’s very obvious and it’s very easy.
Except when it isn’t. Then it just isn’t.
Life is wearing, busy, demanding, fast, and tiring. Sometimes it feels like it’s all we can do to make it to that couch and breathe a little before sleep overwhelms. We get there and we congratulate ourselves on getting everything done and on the earning of some well-deserved nothing time.
And it feels so good, sometimes, to do nothing.
But if you do it all the time, it gives you nothing back. When you audit your week, in that sub-conscious way, all you will see in the summary column is work and sleep.
We have to kick ourselves sometimes to go and do something else. Once we are doing it, we will know we are in the right place and that we actually do have some energy left inside us to do it and to love doing it.
Get up off your arse. When everything you had to do is done, go and do something else.
You won’t thank me for it.
You will thank yourself.