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.