Friday, May 22, 2015

No more reverence

I used to think that "looking at her with reverence" was only something that happened in romance novels, until I saw you staring at me. To say that I was unnerved would be an understatement. No man had ever looked at me that way before and I strongly doubt that any man ever will. "This is how beautiful people must feel like all day long", I thought.

And you know what? I couldn't cope with it. Started looking for reasons to break up, treated you badly.

You don't look at me that way anymore.

I am, simultaneously, crushed and relieved.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A is for Achievement (and how to do it)

"Iucundi sunt acti labores", said Cicero, a Roman who lived some 2000 years ago.
(Sort of means: Done work feels good!)

In the age of smartphones and space travel, this still remains as true as it was back then.

Well, I brushed my teeth today. So? Other people are busy getting straight A's, writing bestsellers and making fortunes!

Wanna bet there were just as many people in Ancient Rome saying this to themselves then as there are now? However Mr. Cicero, who was quite a powerful man in his time, did not determine that only massively important, life-changing work "feels good", just done work. And yes, this includes brushing our teeth, getting dressed and a myriad other things most of us will take for granted today.

But how will that help me achieve anything?

Just as doing nothing begets nothing, so does doing a little something instinctively makes you want to do more.  But be careful. When that happens... do NOT start re-arranging the drawers in favor of making that uncomfortable but urgent phone-call. At the end of the day you'll have a really clean house but still won't feel good.

In fact, if you want to experience the same feeling that bestselling author is going to have today, just do that one thing you don't want to do but know you should. You'll feel like a million bucks even if you sit down and watch soaps for the rest of the day.

VoilĂ , achievement unlocked!

Jenny Matlock