Life. Pared Down.

For Folks with Everything Except Peace of Mind

Habits as Weeds, (cont’d)

The second part of this ‘Habits as Weeds’ idea is that habits, like weeds, have a life source, and sometimes a little goes a long way. Take, for instance, today. It rained heavily last night, and this morning the weeds in my garden were as perky as ever. I try to get out there at least three times a week to keep them at bay, but after a good solid rain, they come back with a vengeance. And, their roots tend to be quite shallow, so they can be gotten rid of quite easily.

So too do habits require a life source, especially the ones that take us away from what we really want to accomplish. For example, today I needed to write another blog post, but I started thinking of all the other things I could be doing instead: writing thank you notes, catching up on radio show preparation, calling my mother, doing some laundry, dusting, etc. You name it. It’s that little voice inside my head that says, “You really need to do this, and this and this…” The list is endless. But I have to tell that little voice, “No, no, no! I really need to write this blog, so thanks for the reminder, but back off, sister!”

Like the rain which gives life to my weeds, the little voice isn’t a bad thing, but at the wrong time it can keep gumming up my garden of thought. It is so easy to become distracted, whether it is the ill-timed phone call from a neighbor who wants you to come over to see his birds-of-paradise or the continuous tape we play inside our heads reminding us of all the other stuff we need to be doing.

Most people are best doing one thing at a time and really focusing fully on that. So, next time you become distracted from what really needs to be done, just tell yourself, “Let me finish this first”.  Those other things will be tended to in due time. Happy weeding!