In one of the Moving Towards Simplicity Questions, I asked What Do You Want? Life feels more fulfilling and alive when you are moving towards something you want. It doesn’t have to be big or bold. It can be something little and satisfying.

Maybe you say where you really want to go to eat when your spouse asks. Maybe there is a course you want, so you find a way to save or earn more to get it. Maybe there is a place you want to visit, so you plan a little at a time until you make it. Perhaps you want to give yourself 30 minutes to read a book.

What do you want for today?

What do you want this week?

What do you want to make happen in the near future?

Now put a small action on your to do list to bring you closer to what you want. A to do list only filled with duties feels more drudgery than fulfilling.

When you finish that small action, put the next small action on your list.

Have something to look forward to doing every day, so you can get out of bed with joy instead of dread.

It starts today.

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3 comments

  • Robin

    I want everything out of every cupboard and drawer in my kitchen. I want to wash my liners and scrub the inside and outside of every cupboard shelf and drawer. I want every dish that is not used frequently washed before I put it back. I want to de-clutter every cupboard and drawer. I finally realized I needed to stop reading about how to do it and DO IT!!! Tuesday was the day – I did one cupboard. And IT FELT WONDERFUL!!! It looks wonderful. My husband did not comment/notice, but who cares – it wasn’t bothering him. It was botherin me. And tomorrow I am doing the cupboard beside it. And the next free day I get I will do the cupboard beside it, etc. That’s what I want and that’s how I intend to get it. You are absolutely right – but it’s got to be an intentional act of focus.

    I wish I would have known it was your son’s birthday, I would have prayed for you and your family. It will be easy for me to remember next year, my son’s birthday is the next day.

  • Beth

    Good for you Robin! And I love the observation that it was bothering you, not your husband.

    Thanks Robin.

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