Something I did right this week was I finally took action.
I actually acted on a bunch of things I’ve been putting off for a long time. I got the car washed, I vacuumed the family room couch, I shampooed the living room carpet, I made a list of things we needed for an upcoming camping trip and did the shopping for it, and I took our sleeping bags to a laundromat to finally get washed.
These are all things that I’ve been spending a lot of time and energy planning to do, writing down in my planner, moving to different pages of my planner, and feeling guilty about not doing. But I never actually did them. Until this week. I didn’t overthink it. I didn’t plan out the exact best time to do it. I just did it. Even though working on these things took time out of my day, they didn’t take as long as I thought they would. Other stuff still got done, and I was able to feel accomplished and proud of myself.
What’s funny is that after all that, I still had a hard time coming up with what to write about this week.
I could not for the life of me think of anything I did right this whole entire week. Until I suddenly remembered I had finally completed those projects. Why is it that I didn’t think of that right away? Why is it that we sell ourselves short? We accomplish so much more than we think we do. But minimizing or ignoring our accomplishments is extremely unhelpful. For me, it just makes me feel like giving up all hope of ever being able to accomplish anything at all. Every week when I sit down to write one thing that I did right that week, I draw a blank. Then I start thinking of all the things I did NOT do right, and how I should have done better. I should have been more patient with my teenage boys. I should have been more loving to my tween girls. I should have taken my toddler to the park more. It’s a very unhelpful downward spiral.
Which is why I really like writing this every week.
It forces me to think of something I did right. Thinking positively about myself does not come easy to me, but it sure does improve my mood and make me feel worthwhile.
So I encourage you to take a moment every week to think about what you did right.
Maybe it’s not that hard for you. Maybe you are already great at patting yourself on the back for a job well done. But if you’re anything like me, you’re just not doing that enough. If at all. So start now. What did you get right this week?