Sunday, April 1, 2007

Hold on to Your Hat

Well, here we go. Peer pressure at last has induced my leap into the world of blogging. I've resisted for a number of reasons, one being that I don't have anything interesting to say. Also, why give myself yet another reason to sit at the computer when I have so many other things I should be doing?

Should. There's that word again. I thought I had purged it from my vocabulary, but it just keeps sneaking back in when I'm not watching. Should, that root of guilt, that self-defeating four-letter word plus two that keeps me from really enjoying life. Once upon a time I thought that "shoulding" myself would motivate me to do all the things I wasn't doing. But it didn't. "Should" only made me feel more of a failure for not doing them. I was slow to learn that guilt is not an effective motivator.

Let's try an experiment. In the place of should, I will henceforth substitute the word "want". As in: "I want to mow the lawn tomorrow," and "I want to go jogging after dropping Megan off at kindergarten," and "I want to clean the kitchen and mop the floor." By saying "want" instead of "should" perhaps I can trick my subconscious into actually wanting to do all the things I procrastinate in favor of more leisurely pursuits (like blogging).

Check back later for the results of this psychotic, er, I mean, psychology experiment.

12 comments:

bladeboy said...

I haven't tried it yet.

bladeboy said...

It hasn't worked yet. I geuss that I haven't really tried it and even if I had tried it you don't expect your subconseince or whatever it is to be fooled so soon.

Christina said...

Hey I decided that the "mixing up" of the words psychotic and psychology (psycological) must run in your family. Like when Karianne calls the way that I run psychotic. UHHH!

Christina said...

Plus also I am very grateful that you started a blog. And I am ever so proud.

jen said...

Welcome to the world of blogging! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Loving the switching of words - want for should. Very insightful!

Susan said...

I remember one time when we were talking about my psycic powers and Karianne said that I was psychotic. she was actually calling me that by accident! that was when we learned the difference between psycotic and psycic.

Lisa said...

Oh Susan you just gave me another idea for a post. Mwhahahaha!

Susan said...

I told you I have psychic powers. I am supersusan, the almighty and great.

Kris said...

If this works, let me know. I think it is great that you have a blog.

Lisa said...

Yes Kris, it worked. I'm glad you made it!

Karianne said...

It worked? I didn't believe it would. That is awesome though. I kind of doubt that I could trick myself into doing stuff with happiness. Just reward me with money and I'll mow the lawn. But you can't pay me to go jogging. I'd rather play tennis.

Susan said...

I would jog alot if you paid me! plus I would rather if you paid me to play soccer or something like that. but jogging's OK