My Attitude Makes the Difference

As I’m writing from the BlogHer NaBloPoMo writing prompts, today’s was:
Wednesday, January 2, 2013-Which daily tasks take up the most of your energy?

So often I find the daily energy drainers are the tasks that I don’t want to do. I resist doing them until they have to be done. I fret about why I have to work on the task. I fuss about the time it’s going to take to complete. I grumble about the lack of appreciation I’ll get when the task is completed.

The drain of my energy is the result of my negative attitude. The tasks are rarely that difficult that they require much in the way of effort and calorie burn. My frustration and fussing is what causes me to feel so exhausted.

Honestly, washing dishes doesn’t take much effort. Scrubbing the bathroom only needs a few more minutes than the dishes. Sorting laundry, no energy output at all. Running errands (bank, post office, grocery) take a few minutes each, and usually low energy volumes. Unless of course it’s holiday time and everybody is running the same errands I am.

Working a “day job” or “9 to 5” took lots of my time each week day. But when I examine all the effort I put into that job, the worst part was often the 20 minute drive into the office. Why? Because I was grumbling about all the things I’d rather be doing and what challenges would face me during the day. It was the effort of putting on my “game face” that caused me stress.

So, if I’ve learned anything, daily tasks are truly as hard or as easy as we make them. If you’ll remember the words Mary Poppins sang to Jane and Michael:

“In ev'ry job that must be done
There is an element of fun
you find the fun and snap!
The job's a game

Nad ev'ry task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake
A lark!  Aspree!
It's very clear to me

That a... Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way

A robin feathering his nest
Has very little time to rest
While gathering his
Bits of twine and twig

Though quite intent in his pursuit
He has a merry tune to toot
He knows a song
Will move the job along.”

Now, that you have that catchy tune caught in your head… I’ll leave you with the lesson I’ve learned. Negativity is an energy drain. Get rid of it and even the most mundane tasks become manageable.

 And speaking of manageable, supper tonight, will be Quick Meatball Pasta.

 

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