I’ve been trying out a little trick that I learned from Shawn Blanc. Every night, I choose my clothes for the next morning.
This is no unique, innovative idea, of course; making sure that you have pressed shirts & pants is a night-before practice for many, and some parents encourage their school-aged kids to pre-choose clothes, as a time-saving trick for busy mornings (and to make sure dirty clothes are identified before drop-off!).
Shawn's explanation for trying this practice is twofold:
For one, it is a way to build personal integrity. To say that you’re going to do something, and then actually follow through with it, regularly, begins to tell your own self that you are trustworthy. You can begin to build momentum from the pride & confidence you have in yourself as being able to do what you set out to complete.
Secondly, your present self is making life easier for your future self. It sounds silly, and maybe it is! All I know is that nighttime me is not particularly taxed by picking out what I will wear the next day, but morning me is incredibly grateful to have a thought-out, assembled outfit ready to go without beginning the day with the litany of choice.
It doubles for me as a simple way to grab my clothes in the dark and get ready before everyone else in the house has woken up. I’m a morning person, and I’ve always liked being dressed for the day as opposed to wearing my pyjamas, so it works for me.
Weekends are a different story, but this has become my weekday routine. I think it may be a gateway into more tidiness, as well. I can see the effect creeping into my life elsewhere, too.
What do you think? Want to try it?
We've listened to the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman countless times in my house (or, as my music app tells me: around 30), and the chorus of this song — "Never Enough" — keeps ringing through my head.
The song itself is about love (ie. without you, all the amazing things in the world will never be enough), but as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year, I feel like "Never Enough" is the battle cry of retail marketing.
“We don’t hire homies to bake bread, we bake bread to hire homies.”
I have often written about my love & admiration for Father Greg Boyle (Father G) and the work he has done with the gang population in Los Angeles with Homeboy Industries. It is not an easy thing to promote the dignity of people who have been involved in violent criminality, finding kinship in mutual love and respect.
This line — “We don’t hire homies to bake bread, we bake bread to hire homies.” — is a perfect description of the complex dynamic of running a business that is, at its core, motivated to employ a marginalized population.
For many of us — perhaps especially if you have kids in school, or an affinity for fall —, September is the perfect time for a fresh start. I wrote last week about my fresh exercise start after a summer of indulgence!
Whether it is the new calendar year, or a new school year, milestones offer a great chance for fresh starts. I think it is a fantastic time to dream about what will be different, what systems can change & improve, and how to begin well.
But here we are, mid-way through September, and I want to offer another thought:
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