Is there an activity in your life you could find enjoyment in yet you’ve passed it off as a waste of time so you rush through it?
I feel this way about a lot of things. Cooking, cleaning, running, flossing. You know what has changed my mindset? Reading this quote by Marie Forleo:
The secret to staying motivated: focus on what you’re doing, not what you’re trying to achieve.
When I slow down and try and be present during these activities, I realize they are actually a fantastic break from the rest of life. They also help me through my tendencies to overthink, overanalyze, and be a worry wart.
When I go for a run I find myself saying “don’t think, just run…don’t think, just breathe”. What a freeing mantra! Sometimes I feel ontop of my run and I can enjoy the frozen lake to my left, the moon above me, and the gorgeous blood orange sunrise on my way home. Other days the run is a struggle, so this mantra is helping me get through. When I am present during a run I am more likely to show up for my next run. Because I remember those feelings, and I remember getting through.
I’ve also come to enjoy the time I spend making dinner. I used to dread this time. I wanted to order take out every night so I could be freed up from this responsibility. Now, I light a candle, turn on some music, and happily begin the chopping. After a day of dealing with toddler tantrums or conversing with a chatty preschooler or dipping into some creative work, cooking is a nice escape.
I am beginning to see the deep value in all of these routine activities. The ones I used to rush through grumpily and mindlessly. They allow my brain to rest, they are an invitation to practice mindfulness, they even spark new ideas.
So bring on the vacuum!