Don’t focus on getting it done. Just focus on doing it.
Today, as I was doing yet another load of laundry, I thought to myself, “won’t it be nice to get this all done and folded and put away.” And then I thought again, “wait, who am I kidding, the laundry is never really done”. I should focus on just doing it, rather than on getting it done. Semantics? Sure, sort of. But it’s also about rethinking how you approach your day to day life.
I like lists. I like checking things off. Getting it done. Maybe that makes me a short term thinker when, the situation in which I find myself could have done with some longer term thinking in the first place.
Anyway, the laundry thing got me to thinking about another favourite movie of mine, The Big Chill. In it, Nick, the wayward drug dealer of the gang, reminds his well to do and accomplished friends that you can’t always get what you want – and you can’t always focus on that “completion” thing. Some times I feel like Nick. I don’t deal drugs, but I do deal in dreams, imagination and creativity. And it hasn’t afforded me the comforts of friends who chose more traditional paths.
So tonight, I’ll watch the Big Chill and remember, that I can try sometimes and I just might find that I get what I need.