Wednesday, 11 February 2015

On A Word From The Wise #03


Goodness, it's been a long time since I've written one of these posts. The basic idea of these posts is that I look in this wonderful book to get a word from the wise on whatever theme is most relevant to what's going on in my life. As an avid quote-lover/hoarder, this is most definitely my cup of tea. But if you want to know more about the story behind this book, you can find it here.

I've been really inspired recently by both Rosie's new year's resolution to have a balanced life, as well as Carrie's recent video on how much of a difference being positive and telling yourself you're going to have a good day rather than a bad one can really make. So, today the quotes I've chosen are on the theme of being busy; something that I'm sure we all are most of the time.
"In a society that judges self-worth on productivity, it's no wonder we fall prey to the misconception that the more we do, the more we're worth." - Ellen Sue Stern
I'm definitely guilty of this, as I'm sure many of us are. It's all too easy when you don't get everything ticked off your to-do list to feel bad about it and as though you've failed, I know I do a lot of the time. But I'm trying to remind myself to be kind to myself and to have a more positive attitude, focusing on what I've achieved rather than on what I haven't achieved. I don't think I'm a terribly pessimistic person, but I've recently realised that I'm not the most optimistic person either. So, over the past couple of days, I've really tried to look at things with a more positive outlook. And, surprisingly, I think it has really lifted my mood and helped my productivity. It's amazing what you can do when you're in a more positive mindset, which I never realised before!
"I am convinced that there are times in everybody's experience when there is so much to be done, that the only way to do it is to sit down and do nothing." - Fanny Fern
 My Mum is a definite advocate of this mentality - she's always told me when I think everything's getting too much, to just take five minutes to just be. At first that seemed completely ridiculous to me; when I have a million and one things to do (or, at least, it feels like I have that many things to do!) how can I have time to sit down and do nothing?! However, it really does work. I've definitely found this with mindfulness as well. I can be absolutely exhausted and lacking any motivation but when I stop and allow myself time to just be and concentrate on the present, I feel refreshed and my productivity can soar. It's definitely odd but I suppose it's all part of taking care of yourself and I must admit, it's had a huge impact on me.

The main point that these two quotes highlight for me is how important it is to be kind to yourself. To allow yourself to make mistakes and not get everything done and to just be for a while. There's no point in me stressing out over things that I can't change, and that is something I think I'm slowly learning.

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