Wednesday, February 16, 2011

52 Pickup: 7/52

Remember, all 52 pickups are open to interpretation. My interpretation might not be the same as yours - make it yours, make it a mantra, make it life lived well.

This week the pickup is:

What is it about spring (and fall for that matter), that make us so desiring of change, cleanliness and vacations? While spring isn't, technically, upon us, I can feel it creeping in, whispering ideas about gardens and clean garages. Those little whispers keep me going, give me hope, make me overly ambitious.


Without fail, every year, each spring and autumn, I have to remind myself  how to say no. I take on too much, get too many ideas, make too many plans and then I get swept up in being busy and not in enjoying the process. So this year, before it gets too much, I'm choosing to start saying no earlier and more often. I'm saying yes to saying no. 

No. I will not grow beets this year: we had too many last year. No. I will not do free work for fundraisers, parties, and other jobs I should be charging for. No. I will not get overly ambitious and pretend we can renovate two bathrooms, a kitchen, and have a perfectly clean house. No. I will not overschedule, overextend, or overplan.

Yes. I will plant more tomatoes. Yes. I will design something I love just for me because I want to. Yes. I will write that list I should have written a long time ago called "everything that has been nagging me and just needs to get done already" and I will tick every item off. Yes. I will clean out just the garage. Yes. I will enjoy today. Yes. I will know my limits and respect myself and others by not going beyond them. Yes. I will bake a pie, fly a kite with my daughter, take walks, dry clothes outside and take my shoes off as soon as the weather permits. 

Yes to no!


Jessika (Oh My! Handmade) said...

I love this Tricia! I am learning slowly to say yes to no, not just saying yes for the sake of it. Sure there are a hundred billion things I WANT to do & CAN do but when I try to do them all I just don't have any fun. Saying no to myself is the hardest thing! Thank you for the reminder that it's okay & often necessary to just say no; )
Good luck with the list making & all your lovely projects.

Brandi said...

Hmmm...I'll have to think about what this means to me. Right now, there's so much more I want to say yes to than no to.

Anonymous said...

I have to remind myself of this all the time. I am actually better at saying no to others than to myself in my project plans. I love to beke and anted to make my own wedding cake. My mother said, "we all know you CAN make your wedding cake, but why would you WANT to? I ordered a cake and I enjoyed my wedding, and no one else cared that I didn't make my cake.

I appreciate your reminder to say no.