Years ago I listened to the commencement address to the graduate of the Texas university of Austin in 2014 by Admiral William H McRaven. I’m pretty sure it was a year or two after the fact that I listened to it and for the life of me I can’t remember who sent it to me to watch. But what matters is that I did watch it … and this is the part that has stuck with me ever since.
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
I think about this often and I freely admit when I start my day by making my bed (and my 3yo’s) I do feel better.
But for me, it’s often not enough. Bare with me here as I take you down the rambling tunnel of my mind.
What I have discovered is that quite often, even after making my bed, I will dive immediately into work, foregoing all but coffee (depriving me of this is not good for anyone). This is mostly because my little guy is happier to self entertain in the mornings and I’m free to get a few solid hours of work out of the way so I can do the mum thing and keep up with whatever is thrown at me by the time lunch time arrives.
What this means is that 9 times out of ten I don’t get to the shower until the early afternoon. Sometimes this boosts me enough to do all the house stuff that I have been procrastinating all morning to do. Sometimes it doesn’t.
Today I realised what the difference was and while it might sound strange, that’s ok. For me it works.
I put my shoes on.
As simple as that.
When I put my shoes on I’m ready, when I put my shoes on, I can do anything. What a crazy concept right? But as crazy as it is, it works for me.
So lovely readers, no matter what your day looks like, put on your shoes, or more precisely find that thing that tells you you are ready to charge into life and you are capable of doing anything.
I would love to hear what you do that helps you push through the days, both good and bad.