One of the sweetest, most fun Blather-ers, Maggie posted a list of her current “policies” or rules for right now. I try and act all free-spirited and such, but the truth is that I’m a sucker for rules. I like making them, I like breaking them. I especially like when others break them and I get to point it out (what? I’m just being honest!). I got to thinking about all of the policies I inflict upon myself and others in my daily life. Here are a few of my rules:
1. Leave me alone in the morning. Seriously. I am not grumpy in the morning; however, I do like routine. Part of my routine is quiet. I make my lunch, I take my time getting ready. I usually have a few minutes to myself before I get on my way. DO NOT INTERRUPT THE ROUTINE.
2. In that same vein, a day without coffee is a day not worth living. For all y’all who “don’t need it!” or think that “caffeine is an unnecessary drug” you can just shut it. I love my coffee with an unbridled passion.
3. As a rule, I believe in road karma. This means that if at all possible, I let people in, if they use their turn signal and give me warning. I truly, deeply believe that those who let others in tend to be let in more often. I am also a big fan of the courtesy wave.
4. Lately, I’ve been into silence. Meaning: I turn off the music or audiobook in the car, I sit for a few minutes without TV or don’t make any noise in my classroom for a few minutes. And you know what? I swear that those few minutes of silence get me through the day.
5. In my Mondo Beyondo class, there was an interview with the writer/artist SARK and she said that every day, she commits her day to joy. She asks herself what she most wants to do that day, what will make her happiest, and then she does just that. While it’s rare that I can commit an entire day to doing exactly what I’d like, I’ve been trying to ask myself, judgment free, exactly what I WANT to do during my free time, and what will bring me most joy. And then? Not judging myself for it, whether my answer is calling a friend, watching ridiculous TV or something that seems frivolous. I’m just doing what I’d like.
6. I’m trying to be reasonable about food. Not restricting everything, but reasonable. I feel better when I say, “You may have that bit of Autumn Mix since you ate a salad for lunch” as opposed to the “NO SUGAR, YOU FATTY!” mantra I’d embraced for so long.
7. I have been ritualistically including pumpkin in my diet wherever, and whenever, in honor of the season.
Leave me a note in the comments: what are your current policies?