I like it when things are clean. I also like it when I can simply sit around and do nothing. Catch up on some TV, watch a movie, surf the web. Doing nothing on purpose is something I enjoy.
However, when keeping things clean interferes with my doing nothing nothing on purpose. I get in a mood. I want to clean everything and I want to clean everything NOW. I want things to work the way they are supposed to work and if they don’t I get… irritated.
Today is a day that started with me doing nothing on purpose gearing up for a full evening of work. It didn’t last long. I had a headache, I fell asleep, I woke up, I fell asleep again and then I got busy.
I cleaned stuff that hasen’t been cleaned in a long time. I got stuff organized and there is still A LOT to do. I have meetings to prep for, presentations to create, decisions to make and somewhere in there I’d like to eat too.
We can be very busy all time, always going, always working, always striving and still… sometimes, we never get anything accomplished.
The New Orleans Saints just won the Super Bowl… worked hard, played hard, coached hard… But no houses are going to be built because they won. The city is still in shambles. Yes… the morale is high. I’m not taking away from the fact that the joy of your team winning a world championship is a shot in the arm of perspective. But when push comes to shove, that trophy isn’t going to clean up the mess of parts of that city. It’s not going to hammer a single nail into word. It’s not going to create any jobs for the jobless.
We do those things. The people. We can’t forget that in the midst of our business, we also have to do stuff.
Sometimes I like to do work that keeps me busy because it makes me FEEL like I’m accomplishing something, when in reality I’m accomplishing little.
I don’t want to just FEEL. I want to DO.
Stay busy… on purpose. With purpose. Do Something.