Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Yoda was a Yogi, Part 2

If you missed my post from last week, scroll down & check it out before continuing.

After I wrote my blog last week, our 3 year old son sat on my lap & said "mommy, draw this truck".  I replied "ok, I'll try".  (I'm not the best artist)

I caught myself saying this & quickly followed the "I'll try" with a simple "ok, let's draw this".

My truck didn't look much like the original:)  But instead of trying, I just did it.

Later in the shower, I was thinking about the day & what we would do (first issue - I was totally not present & enjoying the shower....that's a blog for another day).

I found myself thinking about a certain frozen coffee-like drink from a fast food joint for which I have a weakness.  It's a comfort food.  It tastes great going down, but inevitably I wind up feeling not great afterwards. 

I'd been focusing on eating only good, healthy food that makes me feel good.  And when I started thinking about how good one of these drinks would taste, I told myself "I'm going to try to not have one of those drinks this week".

Wait a minute...what did I say?  I'd done it again.  There was that "try".  I reframed it.  "I'm not going to have one of those drinks this week". 

It was interesting to me to see how often I used that word.  I'm going to try to eat better.  I'm going to try to do a better job with my bookkeeping.  I'm going to try to...fill in the blank.  I did it alot.  I thought alot about trying instead of doing.  Alot of energy going into trying instead into doing.  Think about it, how often do you try instead of do?  And what happens?

Like anything, once you bring some awareness to what you think (and say), it becomes easy to shift it. And then what you think & say carries over into your actions.  And suddenly, you're no longer trying, you're doing.

I did it.  I went the week without the fast food drink.  And I'm writing & posting a new blog this week.

See what you can do when you're not trying.

You can now find my blog at the Register Citizen: http:http://www.registercitizen.com/blogs/life/

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Do or do not.  There is no try." - Yoda

My husband is regular blog reader.  He has some that he reads every day, some that he reads every week.  He reads my blog.  Periodically (like last week), he says jokingly "I really like this blog.  I wish the author would post again".

If you follow my blog,  I try to post every week.  I try to post on Mondays - a good start for the week.

"Do or do not.  There is no try."   Hmm.

The writing part usually isn't difficult.  I get inspired to write & it just flows.  I have a bunch of drafts, potential posts, waiting in the wings.  So that, in theory, on Sunday night or early Monday morning, I can just polish a draft up & post.  Done.

Or....not so done.  Sure, I can come up with all kinds of excuses about why I don't get to my blog.  There are other, more important things & people & animals that need my attention first.  Sometimes, I get too in my head about the blog.  I get hung up on polishing a piece.  Or I decide that since I didn't post on Monday I should just wait until the following week.

It's like anything that you want to do.  It's like Yoda says - do it or don't do it.  (Yoda was yogi, you know).  What is "try" ???  Try is that "well...maybe, if things go just right & everything & everyone is all set & the planets are properly aligned it'll happen".

Truth is, there's always going to be something or someone else that wants your attention.  Doing is different that trying to do.  Doing involves intention.  It involves commitment.  It's an energy that you call up within yourself & around you.  So that what you want to happen, does happens.  And hopefully with time & doing, it takes less & less effort & it flows.

At least, that's my theory & what I'm going to try...oops.  I mean, that's what I'm going to do with my blog.  Set the intention & blog every week.

Check back next Monday for a new blog!

You can now find my blog at the Register Citizen: http:http://www.registercitizen.com/blogs/life/