Relax and Act


Today I had to make a choice. A simple choice really, but it involved doing something that I had absolutely no interest in doing. As much as I wanted to do what I wanted, doing the opposite was the right thing to do. All morning I struggled with the decision. Should I do it or should I not?

Then, I opened up a word game that I play on my Smartphone with a couple family members and friends of mine. It’s a fun game, but I mainly play it to help keep my mind sharp. The other two players had just played the words “relax” and “act”. I don’t always accept everything as a sign, but I couldn’t help to laugh (and roll my eyes) when these two words showed up on my screen.

Relax and act. That’s exactly what I needed to do. Relax and realize that this thing I had to do was not the end of the world. In the grand scheme of things, did it really matter that I had to sacrifice a couple hours of my day?

Act. Just do it, as Nike would say. Go. Do the task at hand and be done with it.

Sometimes we have to do things that we don’t want to do. But for the sake of others, our careers, or our reputation we have to. So what do we do? Relax and act. Even if while we’re acting, it’s all an act.

We all have to make sacrifices in life, whether big or small, so we might as well make the most of them. Grin and bear it, and who knows, maybe we’ll find enjoyment in them.

Either way, we’ll feel better for having done the right thing. So take a deep breath, relax, and act. It’s not the end of the world.

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22 Responses to Relax and Act

  1. LindaGHill says:

    Great advice for the procrastinators among us… *whistles innocently* πŸ˜‰


  2. Love it. Besides, we waste so much more energy avoiding than doing it… most of the time.


  3. DailyMusings says:

    It’s true- putting something off weighs on the mind more than the actual act of doing it!


  4. I remember teaching that lesson to the children. “Everybody has to do things they don’t really want to do. It’s a part of life.”


  5. Sometimes decisions aren’t as difficult as we make them.


  6. At work I make a list, and I always try to do the things I least want to do first, that way I can relax more the rest of the day. πŸ˜‰


  7. Prajakta says:

    A great write here!


  8. Glynis Jolly says:

    What I find remarkable is that often when I have something that needs to be done but I don’t want to bother with it is that once I get into doing it, I really don’t mind doing it at all. :/


  9. April says:

    Even though I’m quite an accomplished procrastinator, if there is something I HAVE to do and I am dreading it (except grocery shopping), I plow right on through to get it done and out of my so that I don’t have to obsessively think about—I have other things to obsess about. πŸ™‚


  10. Love! Yesterday I had to make a long drive for a yearly work function and I really, really didn’t want to go – but in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t bad. I relaxed my attitude about it and just did it! And you know what? I survived! (Of course I did get lost like a total of 4 times! but who’s counting!!) πŸ™‚
    I’m glad you saw the signs!


    • mewhoami says:

      That’s it exactly. Once we do it, it’s not so bad after all. Sometimes we even have fun and are glad that we did. I think we put too much unnecessary pressure on ourselves when it would be better to just flow with things. I’m glad that the work function turned out better than you imagined it would, and maybe getting lost just added to the ‘thrill’ of it… right? πŸ™‚

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