So How’s the Resolution Going?

Who knew that doing nothing could be such a struggle?

If only relaxing was as easy for me as it is for Rumpy
If only relaxing was as easy for me as it is for Rumpy

Part of my “Go with the Flow” resolution is to not hold the expectation that I should be doing something productive every minute of the day.

Didn’t take long for THAT to cause problems.

At 7 AM, after having walked Rumpy, fed, cleaned litter boxes, and put out fresh water, I decided to go back to bed. Suddenly I was bombarded with thoughts of how I was wasting my day away by sleeping, and that I should clean. I should write. I should DO SOMETHING!

When I woke up a little after 9 AM, the thought that I should DO SOMETHING popped up immediately, and stayed with me all day.

Do I really believe I am not worthy of relaxation? That my value as a person is in my actions?

I don't judge them by their ability to produce. So why do I do that to myself?
I don’t judge them by their ability to produce. So why do I do that to myself?

So I shut up that condemning voice with a cookie and a chick flick.

It’s obvious it’s going to take more than one day to make this resolution a reality.

33 thoughts on “So How’s the Resolution Going?

    1. I know! Where did we get this idea we must be productive at all times? Now we even have electronic devices to tell us if our sleep is productive! UGH!

      1. Yep…especially when I wake up and it’s dark no lights on and a giant ginger cat is meowing around me thinking I am dead hahahahah 🙂 yikes!

  1. Proust was one of France’s most prolific authors, yet he made it a point to never begin his work day, before 2PM. He would wake up late, have a relaxing breakfast, then spend more time relaxing and enjoying himself. He worked in spurts. An hour or so of productivity, followed by an hour or so of napping. It would go on like this until about 2AM, when he would retire for the night. He died at 51, but not before writing 12 novels, 2 complete translations, a bakers dozen essays, and 4 piano concertos.

    If one works in manufacturing, food service, or something similar – where volume is the sole arbiter of success – then that relentless internal taskmaster is a necessary evil. But if one’s job is in the arts, literature or in the care of others – say dogs, for example – then perhaps quality, rather than quantity, should be our benchmark.

    Ask yourself this question. Who would you rather be – the person who paints one Mona Lisa or the person who paints a dozen Dogs Playing Poker?

  2. You are worthy of relaxation, Jen….Just make for one hour or two for your relaxation….I’m certain that it would be good to your health, too! 🙂

  3. I am in a similar situation. Norbert has a nasal cancer diagnosis and the vet is saying weeks, not months. its hard to exist in such a state for me I worry about the end and if he will suffer and what will happen to us. Then I look at Norbert and he isn’t worried at all he is just feeling what he is feeling in that moment and whether or not its a good moment, I try hard to be like him

    retro rover

  4. it’s not that we need to be productive “every minute of the day” but rather that we are productive at what ever we do- right? 🙂

  5. You’re not alone. I especially relate to your asking if your value as a person rests in what you do.

    After all, we don’t think someone physically unable to do certain things as less valuable than someone who can.

    Keep up the fight to learn how to slack.

  6. I have such a hard time relaxing, I’m not sure I would even try this. We used to have a hot tub, and I couldn’t even relax in there! I’d last about 15 minutes and then have to get out and do something. The only time I can really relax is in the evening by watching about an hour of TV (sometimes a bit longer in the winter). but during the day? Forget it!
    Good luck to you, I hope you can do better. We all work hard and do deserve some relaxation.

  7. It takes a while for the engine to completely stop after you’ve turned it off. You just turned off your behavior of constantly on the move and doing something. It will take a bit for you to “turn off” and allow yourself slow down until you can not do anything. Sleep is good for that. Also, so is wine.

    Have a good time doing nothing.

  8. Glad to meet you Rumpydog! I guess you have your work cut out for you helping Jen learn how to relax. The picture of you relaxing takes all my stress away. It’s better than Calgon! Sending Good luck vibes for you, Jen, on keeping your resolution!

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