“To create one’s own world takes courage.” – Georgia O’Keefe
Before I got married to my former husband, I would throw all the clean Tupperware into one big cupboard. But my ex had a great idea that if the tops and bottoms were matched when it was put away, it would be way easier to use the Tupperware.
The problem was, he liked to have the Tupperware like that but he didn’t want to do the work to put it away like that. I’m not really dogging on my ex-husband (well, not much) because I think there’s always a big divide between knowing what to do and doing it.
For all our human knowledge and experience, the hardest part is implementing it.
I know I need to get 7-8 hours of sleep at night. But it’s still hard to get out of the chair at night and go to bed.
I’m completely aware I need to eat more greens and less sugar. But then the Easter candy is left out and I’m helping myself.
I want to teach the kids to put their coats away in the proper place when we come in but I often find it easier to just pick them up and put them away myself instead of tracking them down.
All this thinking about systems came up for me because I recently bought my daughter some socks that show the day of the week and she spent an hour devising a box in which they can be neatly stored. It’s delightful. I’m laughing because I’m the one that does the laundry and therefore it reminds me very much of putting the Tupperware away for my ex.
Maybe, in an effort to instill part of the DOING for her, I’ll wash them – but she has to put them away. 😊
How about you? Any tricks to narrow the gap between knowing and doing? Does anyone remember the scene in the RomCom where someone tells the funny break-up story due to day of the week underpants?