People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. ~ Zig Ziglar
Upon moving to Thailand you will notice that the apartments are different. The bathrooms have no bathtubs! (It’s like the opposite of Des Moines Iowa where there were no showers.) In Tailandia here is no divider between shower and toilet. Usually. Normally. For starters.
No kitchen either. Studios are common and the cheapest and that is why I live in one. There is also no carpet.
At first I thought having tile floors would be cool. No more vacuuming! No more off-gassing of weird fumes! No more nastiness hiding in the carpet! But now I have to sweep every day. Hair, dander, dust and other fruit cake foil collect and congregate for all to see and it’s simply too crunchy to let go.
It’s the constant upkeep that made me think about how we have to be vigilant in other ways of our life too. Control what’s in your cupboard and control your weight kind of thing. When we quit smoking we have to no matter how long it has been, still hold back that part of ourselves that wants to give in.
I think we trick ourselves into thinking: I deserve a break or a treat or just this one time. The smartest people, in my experience, have some of the most messed up personal lives. Because they can justify poor decisions, they make poor decisions. And if that is what comes with being a genius then I’ll take average because I don’t want to let my life lose control because I think I am in control.
There are many exercises out there on strengthening your will. They seem straightforward enough but I know they are not. Rudolf Steiner believes the act of remembering to do something at a particular time will strengthen your will. Like remembering to tug your ear or twist your wedding ring at 3 pm every day. It seems pointless but if you can make yourself do that, imagine what else you can do?
Although I would think if you don’t want a dirty floor then you would simply clean it. I mean be honest, if you don’t care if your floors are dirty then just say so. Actually you don’t have to say anything. Everybody makes time to do the things that matter to them. It’s that simple.
Hmmm. Maybe motivation is tile floors. Or dust bunnies.