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?
(Photo courtesy of Friends of Basha)
Reflections from my experience visiting a Brothel in Bangladesh
As impossible as it is for me to believe now, earlier in 2020 I flew around the world. The primary objective was to visit Bangladesh and see, in person, the life-changing work in which dignify has had the privilege to participate over these past 8 years.
A friend recently asked on Facebook for “the most challenging and enlightening resource you have read/watched about the problem of racism in America”. This question received numerous responses within the day: half a dozen films, dozens of books, podcasts, courses, and other hubs of information resources (as well as the astute reply, “Conversation”, which is, of course, the most relational and human of “resources”).
I think that this experience was shared by most people in early June (as protests & concerns over racial injustice had reached a critical volume): so many resources, so much to learn.
But now, 2 months later… what have we done with the magnitude of worthy, fascinating, perspective-altering information & insights that have been brought to our attention?
And this it only in the area racial injustice. In other interests & concerns: How much do we know? How much have we learned & read & listened to already?
Approximately 25 years ago (in March 2020), we did a customer/reader survey. I asked what you like to read on the blog & one of the respondents suggested a post on "living generously". What a fabulous idea and perfect for this time in history!
[The title of this post implies some kind of authority or expertise — ha! Nope, no experts here... just some thoughts on generosity from a fellow human, trying to make my way!]