Thursday, 9 August 2012

You Just Do.

I've long been one of life's stressers and fretters. Many nights I've lain, like Woodstock on top of Snoopy's kennel, wondering just how I'm going to get everything done that I need or want to do. As time passes, it's became increasingly clear to me that you Just Do It.

We can build the smallest task up in our minds until it becomes a huge intimidating thing. For me, it's been decluttering, and painting the garden fence. It seemed gargantuan, impossible, I didn't know where to start.

So I rolled my sleeves up, took a deep breath, and started.

I started, because it's all I could do. I had no great plan, but I knew I had to start somewhere, and it worked.

I set out just to paint one fence panel, that wasn't so bad, so I painted another, then another, and now half the garden fence is painted. The rest doesn't look nearly so big and scary.

The same with decluttering. It's amazing how you stand, surrounded by stuff, slightly crazed and stressed wondering how on earth to begin.

So you begin, and you fill one box with stuff. Things become clearer, you can move, and sort, and before you know it, one box has become 7.

I think this attitude holds true for many things, especially when you're a parent. Motherhood requires action, not philosophising.

How do you cope with new-borns? I don't know how, you just do.

How do you cope with more than one child? I don't know how, you just do.

How do you get things done? I don't know how, you just do.

How do you cope with toddlers? I don't kn... (well, actually, you do your best to wear them out)

Sometimes, the best form of relaxation, is action.

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