Today I did my best. In addition to all of the things I do on a daily basis (like making meals, going to the gym, and brushing my teeth) I also did a few loads of laundry, organized a closet, read books with my kids, worked on family history, took a bubble bath, and started writing this blog post. I did my best today.
A week ago, I did my best on that day too. I moved slowly when I was cleaning my house because each mess felt like a mountain. It was late into the morning before I got myself dressed and ready for the day. My kids ate fewer vegetables and I cried a few more tears. That day, I did my best.
How do you think about it?
Which day was better? If you’re someone who tends to be results-based, you’ll probably say the first example was a MUCH better day. In fact, you might say it’s ideal to have those sorts of days every day. But life isn’t like that. Some days we need to give less so we can rest more. Other days we might want to just throw our hands up in the air and say “screw it, pajamas and t.v. ALL DAY LONG!” And I’m starting to realize that in life WHY we do something and how we FEEL about it is equally if not more important than WHAT we do.
The Four Agreements
In the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, he teaches his audience about the four agreements of life. The final of the four is to “always do your best.” He goes on to elaborate on how important it is to recognize that “your best” will look different each and every day. As we strive to become better, we also must strive to have compassion with ourselves for the times that “our best” looks different than we’d like it to.
Come as you are
I want you to know that wherever you are is right where you should be. Do you feel like you’re lacking? Are you still trying to get to the “perfect” job, house, family situation, or number on the scale? I say you should go ahead and keep reaching for your goals, but please simultaneously realize that you are enough RIGHT NOW. Truly believing that and loving yourself will give you the best chance of getting to where you want to be. Not to mention, it sure does make life more enjoyable.
Sending you all the love and good vibes.