Clean your car. What? Yes, it’s really that simple. Life can be overwhelming at times – between work, school, family, and trying to have a personal life, there is sooooooo much to do. In the age of social media and instant gratification, we are never fast enough to keep up with it all. To top it off, our place of relaxation and peace – our home – can also take a beating. When we are mentally exhausted, it’s super easy to toss the clothes on the bed instead of in the hamper or the closet and that one teaspoon you promised yourself you would wash before bed turns into a bowl, then a mug, and then a whole sink of dishes.
When you look at the pile and how big the pile has become, it is so easy to become distracted and not know where to begin. So, what to do? What to do?
Clean your car! It sounds silly, but when your world is filled with chaos, you need to feel as though you are in control of something, no matter how small it may be. I was at a conference and Greutchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, made a similar remark, which I have found so helpful. We want to solve world hunger and the thought of even where to begin gives us goosebumps, so we get stage fright, and we never actually end up doing anything. So I’m suggesting that you give a homeless person an apple. It may not solve the world’s problems, but it helped one person who was hungry. The same theory applies in our lives. A car represents a small space in which we can have total control. If your house, your job, your love life, your emotional balance, your whatever – is out of whack – take a step back and complete one simple task that may give you the motivation to keep on going.
Cleaning your car, making your bed, and other simple tasks are often the first to be neglected; these can help you to clear that mental clutter.
Life is about the journey.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers