This life

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I read this quote this week for the first time. I read it and I rolled it around in my mind for a few days… I had it on the tip of my tongue while I sat at my desk at work. I held on to it while I facilitated group. I sat with it as I talked a friend through a really rough patch in her life. I work advocating for inclusion and the rights of LGBTI youth in regional Australia. I do this work a couple of days a week because I am passionate about it. I do the work because I believe it needs to be done.

I’ve been thinking a lot about it this week… work and life and doing only what truly needs to be done. I’ve spent more time cooking and less time stressing. I’ve thrown away my to-do list. There are things on there that I just never get around to doing, and they are stress inducing. One of these days I will submit that photo essay to that magazine, I will submit that story to that publication – but I don’t need these pretend deadlines looming over my head… so I’m trying to convince myself just let them go. One day I’ll probably get around to finishing them up and submitting them. If I do, it will be because I really want to – not because it’s on a list that I have rewritten more times than I can remember… and when I do, it’ll be great. If I don’t, it probably was never a great idea in the first place.

I’ve been trying to see household chores in the same way. Not good or bad or boring or time consuming, just little things that need to be done. Little things that never take nearly as long as I spend procrastinating about doing them. Simply doing the dishes, or hanging out the laundry.

Work is not work… but simply what needs to be done… there is great joy in that, I think.

 Bo and I went out into the world instead of sitting behind the screen.

Life this week was just that little bit brighter.

 

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  • August 12, 2014 - 5:30 am

    emma elliott - i love this post it is so true what happen to working the land etc if you don’t think about it tooooo deeply, humans have just made life complicated due to greed someone always wants something more or supposely better than someone else….
    Thankyou as always for simply sharing :oxReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2014 - 7:53 am

    Life With The Crew - This is a thought provoking quote and post, though I don’t know if it can apply to everyone. Being a stay-at-home mom, I get to do “the work that needs to be done” – cleaning when I want, cooking when I want, worked in a schedule around my daughter. However, we do need money to live, and so my husband has to go out in the larger world and do other work, work that doesn’t directly affect our lives, but that is necessary to pay the bills.ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Jade - Oh so so true that we spend more time procrastinating over chores than the time it actually takes to do them. This is something I’m working on. It’s part of life and what makes our homes a home so we should just get on with it.ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    Molly - Masanobu is one of the grandfather’s of permaculture. His book, one straw revolution is short and mind blowing. I think permaculture might be something that makes a lot of sense to you…ReplyCancel

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