‘Should’ should be a four letter word
For the longest time I’ve had the idea that I should slow down. My mind has always been stuffed to the brim with new ideas, thoughts on why things work the way they do, and what opportunities I can explore next. I was raised to work hard, and somewhere along the way I’ve introduced all kinds of should‘s into that algorithm to feel like I’m living up to those standards.
I’m coming to terms with the fact that I should never feel like I should have to do anything. Which is good. Because I like my mind the way it is.
With the help of this post on Zen habits, I’ve realized that I can achieve the calmness I’m after, without needing to cut back on my activities. Giving 100% of my attention to whatever I’m doing in the moment, instead of looking forward to the next exciting thing on my list gets me in that space. I have more appreciation for the task I’m doing, and its a great filter to get the not-so-important ones off my list.