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The Parable of the Bath Bombs

Remind youself that when you die, your inbox won't be empty

The nature of your "in basket" is that it's meant to have items to be completed in it - it's not meant to be empty. There will always be phone calls to make, projects to complete, and work to be done. In fact, it can be argued that a full "in basket" is essential for success. It means your time is in demand!
Don't sweat the small stuff: Richard Carlson

I think this quote is great and it got me thinking. It reminds me that it's okay to have things still to do. As a perfectionist, I don't have to have everything done and completed. I can find a better balance - between the need for completion / perfection, and the ability to do enough, stop and then do something else that makes me happy. I don't have to delay my gratification until all my tasks and to dos are completed to my satisfaction. This will rarely happen, and even if it does, I will then get bored and start looking for my next project!

Mr.ncot reminded me of this the other day. I'm still "saving" my bath bombs. They are still beautifully packaged and sitting in lonely splendour on the bathroom shelf. All he said was "Helen, you don't have to save them. You can use them. And when they're gone, I'll buy you some more" :-)

He knows me so well and I love him for that I do have the tendency to think that I somehow have to work harder to earn things, that I don't deserve treats straight off. Or that I have to wait and keep something as a treat for a special occassion. For that perfect bath! And yet as Mr.ncot pointed out, he bought them as a gift, I can use them and then he'll buy me some more!

So, in short, my thought for the day is this:
Less perfection, more living in the moment and enjoying the good things that I already have in abundance.

And this blog post makes an appearance in my friend Rev Cheryl's sermon!


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Jan. 20th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
yes, I read your entry and it really resonated with me :-)
We should use and love the things we're tempted to "keep for best" - because we're worth it!
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Jan. 20th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
Disappearing act...
Beautifully said and heart-felt. Now. I hope to read that a bath bomb and a candle are missing by Monday! Tee-hee! jill
Jan. 20th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
mr. ncot is right. go get that bath and bomb yourself ;-)
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Jan. 20th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
He he
I can't wait to read it :-)
Jan. 20th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Helen, this is great! I, too, tend to save the best, and make myself work harder to have them. Part of it is my frugal nature, to work toward the big things. But part of it is my perfectionism.

Work is crazy right now, and what you have said really hits home...My inbox is NEVER going to be empty, at least not for more than a few moments (the spammers will see to that ;) I have to keep living my life outside of work too.
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