Condiment day. Ketchup. Mustard. Relish.
I imagine gifting myself one day a week as a “condiment day” – some ketchup, mustard, and relish.
First, ketchup. Spend a small part of the day catching up on at least one thing that really needs to be taken care of, something I keep putting off – finish it. It will feel better when it is done.
Second, mustard. Spend a little part of the day doing something I must do – laundry, dishes, toilets, weeding. Muster the strength and do it. It will feel better when it is done.
Finally, relish. Spend the remainder of the day relishing in something I enjoy. For no other reason than I really like it. Not because I have to or need to do it. Simply because I like it! Relish it. It will feel better when it is done.
If I were my own best friend I would instruct myself to have a condiment day regularly. Take care of two pieces of “business” then enjoy the heck out of the rest of the day. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment and joy at the end of the day. Imagine the contentment quotient in the world rising if everyone did this once a week… So much joy! Relish it.
(The idea for condiment day is not originally mine. I read it in a feed and cannot find the original source now. I think it was Anne Lamott, however despite searching for the post, I cannot come up with it. I want to giver her credit for the inspiration for this blog post. If I find the feed I will link it back to here.)