“It’s not what you do that makes you tired.  It’s what you don’t do!”  I found this quote in a book for moms by Donna Otto; it’s one of her Otto Mottos. 

But when you think about it, it’s true.  Thinking about an upcoming appointment, or about an unpleasant task (balancing the checkbook, sorting the socks, etc) makes you tired.  It’s not the actual doing of the task.

My mom always says, “Do your work first, then your play.”  This way you don’t have to think about it anymore, and you get that great feeling when it’s behind you.  Dwelling on matters takes more energy than we realize.

Do you ever get a great feeling after you cleaned your house?  Or after a difficult decision was made or after settling a matter with a friend or family member?  The same euphoria occurs after doing something you’ve put off or thought about too long.

Is there something in your life making you tired?  Is there a chore or item on the To Do List you keep putting off?  A relationship that needs mending?  A forgiveness to give?  The sooner you can deal with it, the more energy you’ll feel and you’ll sleep better, too.

Seize the day, they say.  Perhaps this is your day. 



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