Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. ~William James
A great source of anxiety for me is when I am putting things off that I know I should be taking care of. These tasks are often the mundane and tedious things I don’t enjoy doing such as going through the junk mail, paying the bills, etc. Like clutter around the house and in our closets and drawers, these procrastinated tasks are clutter in my mind (until I do them).
Sometimes we just have to take care of things and…
Get it done!
In your journals today I invite you to ask yourself what have you been putting off?
To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. ~Eva Young
Even if you commit to doing just one thing that you know needs to be done (what is the one thing that is causing you the most distress and funny feeling in your gut)? Then set some time aside today and do it.
For example, today when I get home from work, I am going to get after my mail/bill drawer that has been piling up for a while. I am also going to find out what it takes to get a US passport these days ( I’m going on my first cruise with my parents and daughter in December).
I know when I get these things done I will sleep better tonight.
Have a blessed day and restful night!
The best way to get something done is to begin. ~Author Unknown
What have you been avoiding lately? A drawer full of unpaid bills? Filing your taxes? Asking the boss for that much deserved raise? Making that medical appointment?
When we practice avoidance we are inviting anxiety into our lives. How?
1. The things we are putting off doing don’t magically go away (and we know this).
2. It creates and prolongs any worry about these things
3. It gives our minds plenty of time to blow things up and out of proportion.
4. Avoidance makes us feel weak and not very good about ourselves.
5. During that “witching hour” we spoke about in our prior post, it is these things that we are avoiding that get churned about over and over again when all we desperately want to do is not think at all and sleep!
Taking action is a confidence booster and sleep producer.
Pulling our heads out of the sand and dealing with our issues and challenges will give us many benefits including:
1. We will feel greatly empowered. Even little steps will make us feel so much better about ourselves and the situation (call the Student loan company, pull those bills that have been piling up in the drawer, initiate that conversation with your spouse, etc.)
2. Once we start taking steps towards resolution rather than avoidance, so much free time and energy is freed up to live our lives, be in the present rather than worrying.
3. The magnitude of what we perceived as our problems will be much deflated once we start dealing with them.
4. We will get some perspective and realize things aren’t as bad as we thought.
5. Peace of mind will return (along with a good night sleep).
Oh, life of my dreams
You have always been there
for me to claim and seize and
rejoice in you.
For years I have had my excuses and layers of
defenses as to why
you are not possible.
What perseverance you have-
waiting for me to finally take you
and own you.
Thank you for your patience.
I feel I am getting nearer.
You are so close I can just about feel you
and see you;
Taste you and hear you.
Experience you NOW.
Dearest Life Of My Dreams,
I am weary of keeping you at bay,
tired of saying “one day” or “someday” I will let you in.
If I dawdle anymore you most certainly have my permission
to give me a BIG KICK IN THE PANTS,OK?
Thank you kindly,