My new mantra is: If I want to BE, I have to DO.
So often I think, say, or ask myself (and others): What do I do?
I want to be an artist. What do I do?
I want to be a photographer. What do I do?
I want to be a singer/ songwriter. What do I do?
I want to have a cleaner house. What do I do?
I want to be healthy. What do I do?
I want to be active. What do I do?
I want to be a good mom. What do I do?
I want to have friends. What do I do?
I want to sell stuff on Etsy. What do I do?
I want to be a more loving wife. What do I do?
There are tons more I could list but these are some of the main questions applying to me…
I’ve realized something though. The answer is pretty much always DO.
If I want to BE (blank), I have to DO the work – like the Nike slogan, “Just Do It.”
So here are some answers for you (and me):
I want to be an artist – so DO Art – draw, paint, color, cut, create!
I want to be a photographer – so Do it – take pictures, pictures and more pictures – whether you have a nice camera or not! This isn’t even a good picture but it’s a PICTURE! It’s a start!
I want to be a singer/ songwriter – so DO it – write a song about anything – your breakfast, a unibrow – then sing it, practice, write more, sing more!
I want to be cleaner – so DO it – stop
laying on the floor with your teddy bear reading that awesome book and wash the dishes, sweep the floor, get rid of clutter, put your cup in the sink, rinse off your plate!
I want to be healthy – DO it – make changes, eat less processed foods, stop when you’re full, drink water!
I want to be active – DO it – go to the gym, go on a walk, a run, yoga, biking, hula hoop, swim in this crazy heat!
I want to be a good mom – DO it – we are good parents but can always improve, read up on it, ask questions, practice patience and practice it more, pray, learn to find joy in the mundane… in a sweet baby smile!
I want to have friends – DO it – be friendly, become part of a community where you can meet people, get involved, volunteer, smile more (from your eyes), be a friend!
I want to sell stuff on Etsy – DO it – make stuff, collect vintage items, do art – then list, list, list and wait (while making more)!
I want to be a more loving spouse – DO it – hug your hubby/ wife when they walk through the door even if you’ve had a bad day and subconsciously blame them (yep, I didn’t greet my man yesterday), do a chore, buy a gift, spend time, hold hands, play a game, laugh!
I want to be a better person – so DO it – make the changes you need to better yourself, push yourself to accomplish things you normally slack on, DO, DO and DO! We can only improve if we DO the work to BE better.
These are all things I need to remind myself too! We need to stop asking What To Do and Just Do!
Let’s say goodbye to that old self and bring on some action and change! If we want to BE, we have to DO!
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” – Henri Bergson