Embrace the mess, and finish the dishes.
Embrace the mess, and keep up on the laundry.
Embrace the mess, and cut the grass.
Embrace the mess, and make your bed in the morning.
Embrace the mess, and show up sprite for work.
Every day there is something that must get done well, and there are problems to solve standing in the way. A phrase I often say to myself is,
Embrace the mess, and __________ (fill in the blank with any mundane household chore).
I say this to myself often, especially when there’s an ordeal, and the stress is prolonged. The phrase reminds me to be willing to accept disorder and take action to manage it. Practical steps like one foot in front of the other steps. Slow steps. “Embrace the mess” is never in a rush but always moving forward.
Whatever you insert into the second half of the phrase is an encouraging reminder that you must tackle it regularly. Doing so helps keep it under control and prevents your immediate environment from being stressful. If my environment is organized and efficient, I focus better and frees free time.
For example, a simple task like making the bed can bring a sense of order and control to a chaotic day. It sets a positive tone for the rest of the day because no matter how difficult the day ahead might be, you know the comfort of collapsing onto a made bed.
The “Embrace the mess” mantra helps me keep a positive and proactive mindset towards disorder in different aspects of life.
Today it was Embrace the mess and write the blog post. I’m glad I did.