While it’s important to rest, and have time specifically for relaxation, there are a few things I would like to share about making the most of ‘now’.
Everything you do now is something you don’t have to do later. The more you put off your chores, or your dreams, the more they pile up and tend to seem impossible. Just recently I worked two very long days in a row. The first day I came home, fed my horses properly, prepared buckets, and made my lunch. Heck I even washed the bathroom sink! The following days chores went much smoother, but I was tired from all the driving, so I used this as an excuse not to prepare for the next day. It is now two days later, and I am still behind because of this poor decision. Skipping a step in the preparation for tomorrow tends to lead to what I call the ‘crash and burn syndrome’, and instead of enjoying my set time to relax I’m playing catch up with chores not to mention once again putting my dreams on hold.
If you haven’t already developed forward thinking habits, and you constantly feel like you're falling behind, or being smothered by your own “mess of life”, then you may be living in a constant state of crash and burn. I lived like this most of my life. Not only can this be frustrating but I also felt like it held me back from doing the things I really wanted to do. The “I’ll do it later” statement tends to pop a hole in my motivational tire. This then turns into a pile up of “I’ll do it laters”.
Who has ever said “I’ll do it later” to only one task?
Since my trip to Haida Gwaii in August 2014, I have been slowly working on developing forward thinking habits. If we really wanted to make our dream of living there come true, it was going to take some serious foresight, and discipline from both of us to make it happen. I’ve been focusing everyday on getting a little better at working towards tomorrow. It wasn't until that recent poor decision 'to do it later' that I realized how far I’ve come!
The mistake I’ve was making was to assume that forward thinking meant saving for retirement, or planning meals, and yes that is a major factor, but it’s the little things that make those bigger things possible.
The catalyst for my demise was deciding to wait until the next day to refill the horses mash buckets. Not a big deal really, they would still get their mash. The next day I woke up to the sound of pouring rain and needless to say I decided that I would continue to wait to refill those buckets. One excuse led to another and I found myself trapped in a mess of dishes and dirty floors. It took me until 10:00pm that night to get the horses buckets to them.
I learned three things from this experience:
1. Being in a mess and putting off my chores makes me feel like I’m constantly running behind. It’s important for me to keep my environment clean and my forward thinking chores up to date (dishes, sweeping, horse buckets for example) so that I can relax on my days off.
2. My creativity wanders away on me if I’m trapped under the rubble of my ‘life mess’. For some reason if I have things to do that I’m putting off, like housework or scheduling appointments, I have no desire to do anything not even work on one of my fun creative projects!
3. Everything we do right now is a stepping stone to the bigger picture. What you do now is the foundation of what’s to come. Every action we take in this moment amplifies in future moments.
This experience has made me see the drudgery of daily tasks in a whole new light. Without putting out the effort, to plan ahead for my very near future, and take that quick minute right now to do something easy there will be no time left in the future to do the things I really want to do.
Live life to the fullest,
Hi, I'm Cyndi Bird, hobby homesteader, aspiring writer, amature photographer, art and craft enthousiast and wanna be cook.