Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Quit Trying to Get the Laundry Done!

I was going to write a book with this name - then I changed it to "Stop Basing Your Self-Esteem on Your Laundry". I changed it again but in reality the likelihood of it ever being written is so remote that it really doesn't even NEED a name - after all, an unwritten book by ANY name is still the same - right? Where was I? Oh, yes. The first name was concocted when I had three small children and a fourth very close to coming and we were moving every three months for rotations in our last year of school, and EVERY time I would feel the relief of an empty laundry basket someone would throw up all over blankets and sheets and beds and towels and carpet - the result was a WHOLE heap of frustration - but not maybe fore the reason you would think. Yes, I would prefer my children to always be well and yes, I would prefer not to have to rinse a regurgitated lunch out of a blanket - but my biggest gripe in the process was that now my laundry was not done AGAIN! Ridiculous. That is when I started thinking (I realize that I am slow but you have to give me credit - if I had started thinking before how on earth could you be quite so entertained by this dang blog?) um... thinking... even when the laundry is done - and I mean DONE DONE - I would come home from doing it (at this point I was using a Laundromat because a washer and dryer didn't fit into the back of our mini-van and if it didn't fit - it didn't come), put it in the collapsible stackers (we didn't have dressers either - see the reason above), be all sweaty from doing laundry for 5 people - including carrying it up and down stairs, loading it in and out of a van, not to mention the washing, drying and folding of it all - and then I am exhausted and (guess what?) stinky! So even at the end of laundry day - I had dirty laundry - and so (here is the much belabored point) - Quit trying to get the laundry done. There really is no reason to make that your major stress point - because it isn't going to happen. Stress about something that you CAN make happen or that will stay COMPLETED for longer - or HECK! Don't stress at all!

Maybe tomorrow I will write about how I started changing my idea of "DONE". I know - you can't wait - can you?

Monday, March 23, 2009

On Being Perfect

Perfect. It sounds good.

Who doesn't want to be perfect? We revere people who have achieved perfection in sports, music, business, and so forth - but what about me? I want to be perfect. Notice I didn't say I wanted to achieve perfection - I just want to BE perfect.

And so I am. One of the realizations I have had with old age is this: If you can't logically achieve something, modify what it is that you are trying to achieve. What? It's this simple. I want to be perfect at something - and I already am. I am perfect at being IMperfect, and therefore AM perfect at SOMETHING.

Well, my work here is done!