Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Standing in line at the grocery store the other day, I felt like such a hypocrite. For the gazillionth time, I had forgotten my cloth bags.  In fact, I hadn't even given them a thought until I was ready to check out. And I encouraged all of you to use them.
We own an abundance of cloth bags - I just frequently forget to take them to the store!

Do as I say, not as I do.

Just in case any of you have gotten the impression from this blog that I always make the most of all of my own moments, let me assure you - I often fall short!  This blog serves as much as a reminder to myself as to all of you, of the many ways in which it is possible to make the most of all of our moments. Sometimes I don't even take my own advice, even after I have just written it!  

  • I frequently forget my reusable bags when I go to the store. 
  • The fruit bin of my fridge is often empty - that bowl of cut up fruit I suggested stocking in the fridge is absent more than it is there. 
  • There are times when we don't even really set the table - and we certainly don't always use cloth napkins! 
  • Most days I can't be bothered to style my hair, other than to brush it out. 
  • I said I needed to back-off parenting my teen, and then I made all the same mistakes the very next morning. 
  • I can whine and bicker with the best of them. 
  • My recipes frequently flop - I just share the ones that don't!

My family thinks I keep this tattered sign on our fridge for them, but it's really there as a reminder for me!

So - do as I say, not as I do. I hope these revelations won't scare you off from reading my blog. A lot of what I write about is information learned from my own mistakes and shortcomings. I would never tell you I did something if I hadn't - but my good intentions can relapse as easily as anyone's can! Rather than making this blog less appealing, I hope this knowledge that we are all in this together encourages you to visit, comment often, and figure out together how to maximize our moments! 

Sometimes I actually do accomplish what I say. And the rest of the time I am the one trying to do as I say, not as I do!  (Think about that last statement for a minute. Pretty confusing concept!)  What is important, though, is that we all keep trying. And keep striving to make the most of our moments.

I'm game. Are you?

11 comments :

  1. Love your honesty Susan! I totally agree that what matters is we keep moving forward and it sounds like you are. I know I give things my best efforts, but sometimes I'm just not up to it. I literally wrote the book on mindfulness (or at least a book) and I can't tell you how many times I catch myself being empty headed.

    Great post. Looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Suzanne. I am glad to have found your blog - and your mother-in-law's chocolate cake recipe!

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  2. Love this Susan! First of all, I forget my reusable bags almost every time, and every time I say I won't forget them again. Sigh. I love what you said at the end. As long as we're aware that we aren't perfect and keep trying, that's all that matters. :)

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    1. I agree, Lana. I'm trying to learn to be happy with “good enough.” Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has trouble remembering to take my bags into the store!

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  3. Susan this is so funny! I can actually see you in the grocery aisle looking around panicking! Nobody can be perfect just think how boring that would be. There wouldn't be anything to strive for! Now I'll tell you a secret...I lost my mom in Walmart yesterday! Now those horrible plastic bags don't seem that bad do they!

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    1. Oh Rena - you made me laugh, and then I imagined your panic. I hope you found your mom quickly. As I said before, it sounds like she is so lucky to have you as her daughter.

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    2. Yeah I panicked at first but just had to go to the pop tart aisle! She has always been a healthy Eater but now has a serious addiction a box a day! I say nothing I figure that's the least of our problems!!!

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  4. It's hard to do as we say, that's for sure! None of succeeds at that all the time. I still like reading about striving for the ideal though because it motivates me to do better! :)

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    1. I agree Marie - and striving for the ideal isa good way to describe the purpose of my blog :)

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  5. No one is perfect and I always am a little leery of those who profess too much perfection.

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    1. I think it makes life less stressful to know that others are not perfect also. That is why I think your #MommyReality challenge is such a good idea!

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