How To Get Off The Couch
It’s Sunday night at 7 pm. I sit on my couch looking into my kitchen. Dishes and papers clutter the coffee table and almost every other surface in my kitchen. There are random socks half hidden under the couch and bags left by the door from when I came in.
“I should have cleaned up already. I had all weekend. My house should be clean.”
The thoughts weigh down on me, sinking me a bit further into the couch.
On Sunday evenings I want to feel rested, peaceful and ready for the week ahead. I don’t want to be cleaning and stressed out about all of the things I haven’t done, wondering how I am possibly going to make it through another busy week. But right now, with thoughts of how far behind I am, I want nothing more than to sit here on the couch.
“This is what I need,” I tell myself. I need to relax. I am tired. I had a busy weekend.
I play my choice forward. Two hours from now, still sitting on the couch, how am I going to feel?
The same as I do right now – tired, overwhelmed, stressed.
Could it be possible that getting up and cleaning could actually feel good?
Could it feel better than staying here on the couch?
This small shift – this opening of possibility, created the momentum I needed.
I started cleaning off the coffee table and half an hour later my house was more in order and I had more energy. The very thought of cleaning that drained me actually gave me more energy. It felt good. It's little decisions like this.
Decisions where I create awareness and decide how I want to feel
and what I want to do. Decisions by choice instead of by default.
It's little decisions like this over and over that have changed my life.