Epic Journeys and Laundry

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

I say this to myself at least a dozen times a week. It is a helpful reminder when things get busy or if I’m struggling with something from second to second. Everyone in this life has the same twenty-four hours in a day, the same sixty seconds a minute, seven days a week, but it is up to each person how to use this time.

The realization that we have control of our time is extremely empowering. We can spend our precious days laughing with friends, or alone feeling sorry for ourselves. We can volunteer, create or mope and complain. It is our choice, but we don’t get that time back, ever.

When I repeat that line to myself, I usually couple it with Lao Tzu’s notable “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” (probably because Frodo Baggins has such a long and hard journey before him,) but still- the thought remains- you have to start somewhere. And when I am faced with a large project like spring cleaning, rewriting a resume, or even starting (and ultimately restarting) a diet, I always think of those two quotes. They go hand in hand. I could either spend my time dicking around on facebook, or I could grab the vacuum and cleaning supplies and start in the living room. You have to commit to what to do, and then take that first step to doing it.

In addition, I also often think of what Samwise Gamgee said to Frodo as they are struggling through Middle Earth, “Its a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” I suppose that this is mostly because the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was all about the arduous journey of small and “most unlikely creature[s] imaginable.” I think everyone can relate to this, although not in such epic proportions. All of us little people in the great Bigworld of The Bigpeople are often faced with enormous unthinkable tasks, and it is up to us to make the effort and take that first step to get us going. We must create the fire to light under our own asses.

All of the things that I think and three motivational quotes just to get the laundry done. But hey! Laundry is hard.