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…
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No more lazy Rachel! oh…. wait… is it tomorrow yet? Was I too early? Oops. Great post. Wish I could have this same pep talk with myself, but I know that I enjoy being lazy every bit as much I enjoy most of the things I come up with those same lame excuses to avoid.
Thanks. I will need all the reminders I can get! I enjoy being lazy too (and maybe that’s why it is so tempting) but its not the kind of enjoyment that really matters or that makes me happy in the long run. You know what I mean? Also, why does it seem like somehow it matters more to do the same lazy activities with my friends then when I’m doing them by myself?
The truth is I just need a giant dope slap most of the time. That’s the downside to living alone. No one to administer the dope slap.
lazy activities with friends are still social activities, and through those social interactions we are getting more of a real benefit than we would have on our own
That’s probably true. Another downside to living alone I suppose. When I would watch tv with my roommates it felt more legit.
Which ward are you in? I think it is the one I use to live in. They are very nice! Is Bishop Ray still the bishop? I am glad you had such a great experience!
It’s the Mountain Point 5th ward. Bishop Rasmussen is his name. They were very welcoming and seriously like 5 people knew I was coming. Pretty impressive for 2 days notice. 🙂