When I was a kid my parents always had us help with chores on Saturday. Every Saturday for a couple of hours, all five of the kids and both parents would do a deep sweep and clean up the house. I was always bemoaning my fate because of those lost two hours, I wanted to be outside playing, but now, I wish it only took a couple of hours on a Saturday to get my house in order.
The destruction of my apartment over the course of the week is a bit ridiculous. I always THINK “on Saturday, while the husband is working on homework, I will scrub the place down.” This has never happened. I sip on tea, I goof around on some of my favorite websites, and before you know it the husband is done with homework and it’s time to relax together. I’ve always beat myself up on not keeping everything as pristine and perfect as I would like for it to be, but the time I get with my husband is much more valuable.
The Character Ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character. – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
I’m very sure that I need to read the book, not use a daily calendar with quotes from it, to understand the basic principles of effective living. However, I am pretty sure that I have barely any of these character ethics in place at this time. :Note to self, read the book:
You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life. – Zig Ziglar
My dad had that impact on me a lot, My mom does too. So does my sister who is like my twin, but she’s the good one. My husband is always there with words of comfort and open arms. Am I ever this way to them? Have I given anyone a few sincere words that may have made a difference? I want to. I want to be there for others.
If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got. – Peter Francisco – To Your Success
I hear this a lot from my husband, as well as “Doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result .. is the definition of insanity” (or will lead to it.. ) I do not want to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I just didn’t see a way out before now. I can see now that I have to change my thoughts and everything I do in my day in order to move out of this slump. In order to change my thoughts, I have to change everything else, it is EXHAUSTING, but I’m starting to like it.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what the ought to be. – William Hazlitt – To Your Sucess
What things are versus what they out to be. My things have been hurt, depressed, aching, trembling, and panic-ridden for the last seven years. They ought to be thriving, vibrant, joyful, excited, exhilarated, enthusiastic, hopeful, and happy – just to name a few. My brain, my heart, my everything is yearning for hope. Hope that I can end this depression, hope that I can end the terror that I haven’t been able to shake, and hope that I can live this life to the fullest capacity. I know it has to do with making a choice because on the days that I force myself to CHOOSE meditation and a run over giving in to pain, I feel better, not just physically, but mentally too. I have hope that this will happen for me, I feel that I just have to work hard to get it. It will be worth it.
…. that went a long way from my diatribe about housework.