Geraldine, at Take a Happy Break today, has a great post, regarding "to-do" lists, and ways we might motivate ourselves to accomplish the boring jobs we all have now and then. I've had my mind on this since reading her post this morning, and wonder sometimes if my method, is to avoid the boring jobs until they become unnecessary in some way, and I can just remove them from my list. I much prefer to do the fun things on my to do lists - find a book recommended to me; get together with someone I've not seen awhile for tea - two examples.
So, while on vacation, I was able to reconnect with several lovely people I don't see enough; and I've borrowed a few books from the library which I've been wanting to read; and I've been walking more. On my walks I've been making sure to stop and talk with people out in their gardens, and it's been so nice to get to know some of my neighbours, something I hadn't gotten around to since moving here last year. I do think most of us may find summertime a good time to reconnect with neighbours, as we're outside more.
Today, I was enjoying a cup of chammomile tea, at a coffee shop, and reading the newspaper, and found an interesting quote which has some relevance to the "to-do lists" many people make. This was in the Globe and Mail, and was a "Thought for the Day" - a quote of William James (1842-1910) who was a psychologist and philosopher, and brother of the novelist Henry James. I think William might be considered one of the fathers of modern psychology.
Here is the quote:
"Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice."
I wonder what would be the reasoning behind this idea, although perhaps as a way of developing character, and also as a way of becoming strong and then more capable of meeting adversity? These days I think many people might not like this idea, our society seems pretty much interested in seeking pleasure and ease. But perhaps there are some good points to his suggestion.
What do you think?