The concept of Choosing the Essentials is all about picking the things you must do and want to do in a way that reflects your values so that more of your hours can and will be spent doing things you enjoy - things that nourish you, inspire you, and leave you feeling satisfied at the end of the day.
1.Make doctor's appointment
2. Scrape and paint basement foundation
3. Scrape and touch up paint on veranda railings and post
4. Buy strawberries and make jam
5. Weed flower gardens
etc. etc. etc.
But wait, did I not just sign up for the "Do Less Revolution"? What was I thinking? Except for my doctor's appointment, a must do, I quickly trashed the above list...and so began my "do as little as possible" odyssey. It started with just a few bumps, but all is flowing nicely now.
Day one I found that doing nothing could be a lot of work. Retraining your mind to let go of old ingrained habits is not an easy task. It started with my skipping my morning walk, which I shouldn't have as it just didn't feel right. I felt somewhat guilty for not going, but I also realized I actually missed it. I will not do that again, the point here being that I should be doing only the things I really have to or want to. Who knew that walking would make it onto my list of "want to". The dishes sitting in the sink crying out for me didn't help either, but since that's on the "have to do" list, as was packing my hubby's lunch for the following day, they had to be done. Once finished, I was able to enjoy a nice bath before heading for my appointment and an afternoon of Frenchy shopping which I really enjoyed. I found two really cool skirts for my belly dance lessons. With supper under my belt and an evening with hubby and TV, I slipped off to bed to complete day one of doing less.
Day two and doing less is getting so much easier. I postponed my early morning trek to have breakie with hubby before he headed off for work and then caught up on my blogging while grooving to my new Belly Dance CD. Then off to the farm market in town where I spent way too much on natural soaps and lotion and enough organic vegetables to cook a big pot of Hodge Podge for supper. Home again, walk in and a pot of veggies simmering on the stove...and I'm liking this Do Less concept. As for the painting and weeding, it'll be there for another day when I get tired of doing nothing and doing these chores begin to matter to me.