So I’ve decided that every time I don’t want to do something, I should do it. I can’t think of a time in my life that I have debated about doing something and then haven’t been glad when I actually go and do it. (Did that sentence make sense?). For instance, today I had heard about a relief society party with my new ward and was planning on going, then when it came close I debated.
“I’m tired”, “It’s my only night off all week”, and “I don’t feel up to meeting a bunch of new people” all floated through my head. Even told my sister these lame excuses. (To be honest, the excuses got even lamer- like there will be unhealthy food (which there was cheesecake…) and my jeans are still wet and won’t be dry in time).
Fortunately for me I am blessed with a personality that most of the time shuts off the lazy me and goes and does anyways, and like I said I’m always glad when I do. (I also have friends who refuse to let me be a lazy slob! Thank you!) So today I got off the coach, away from my laptop and went to the party and you know what it was great! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. A lot of people had been told about me which I found amazing as I had just spoken to the bishop on Tuesday (nice work ward!). There was a great turn out and we even got to meet my new neighbors across the street. They seemed super nice.
I’m really glad I went because now I will at least know a few faces and more importantly they will know me. That is a great relief when moving to a new area, especially as a single Mormon. What made me particularly happy is the ward seems very diverse. There are houses, townhouses, apartments, etc and a group of singles that meets once a month for family home evening! 🙂
So now I have a request for all of you. When you hear me say something like ‘I was going to do something but…’ or ‘I’m really tired. I don’t know if I feel like going to….’ or ‘I could really use the rest. I don’t think I will do…’ look me square in the eyes and tell me to get off my butt and go and do whatever it is that I really want to do deep down inside! Remind me that the lazy voice in my head is a lie.
I mean look at me- I wrote a book in 10 days, I swam a 5k, I served a mission, work 3 jobs, have a book club for almost 3 years, written over 500 blog posts, with 3 callings, all while still keeping up with Dancing with the Stars and Project Runway 🙂 (Not all those at the same time but still I can do hard things). I am clearly capable of doing great things and doing things makes me generally happier. It makes me crazy to think of all the times I told myself I couldn’t do NaNoWriMo and then I do it in half the time allotted. It makes me want to go back and kick that lazy person telling myself I was too busy. Think of what a better writer I would be if this hadn’t been my first time!
No more lazy Rachel! That voice is almost always a lie! Remind me of this post dear friends. Remind me possibly tomorrow when I don’t want to work out, or do whatever it is I’m supposed to do…