I love having my own business. I don’t love preparing my taxes…
Every year, I pray that I wake up one day with a desire to get them ready for the accountant. It happened last weekend. I woke up with an urge to get them done. I was going strong for a few hours, when I started to get distracted.
Picking lemons sounded like more fun. I spent a delicious few hours in the tree gathering enough fruit to give away 18 boxes, juice 8 gallons and make pints of lemon curd. That lost its luster when cleaning house sounded like more fun. Shredding old documents sounded like fun. Cooking was more fun! I got a lot done… but not the taxes. At the end of the day I realized I really did want to get them done after all! After a day of citrus bliss and domestic bliss, I was ready to go back to work.
So the next morning I woke up and dove in. I realized what was driving me crazy was an outdated filing system. So I started working on that with zeal. I created new folders, new labels, and new files. (My label-maker is like a favored toy!) I set up new memorized reports in Quickbooks. Suddenly organizing the receipts was a lot more fun.
The house was clean. The lemons were picked. Food was in the fridge. The files were organized, and the taxes got done… all two days.
Years ago the angels taught me to honor my heart, in each moment, and ever since things have been accomplished with a lot more grace and ease!
Here are some pointers to help you find your heart in each moment too…
1. Ask yourself what you feel like doing now… and I mean now.
It would be easy to say, “Now I want to get my taxes done,” but after two hours I did not want that. I felt like picking lemons. It would have been easy to plow through the lemon picking but after awhile I felt like cleaning house. While it may seem insane to switch tasked mid-stream, I personally work best in bursts of a few hours. Your cycles might be different. Honor that.
Because you’re doing what you really want to do, you’ll get more done.
2. If you have to do something you don’t want to do, find a way to love it or add love to the situation.
If you have to go to work you don’t love, either quit and have faith in finding a new one, or thank God for the income. If you love your kids but don’t feel like doing their homework with them, focus on the time as an act of bonding.
I used to dread running weekly engineering meetings because everyone else hated them, so I started bringing doughnuts! Suddenly the meetings became a lot sweeter 🙂
You’ve heard the song, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.” The angels would say, “If in the moment, you can’t do what you love, find a way to love what you do.”
3. Always honor your heart by focusing on what you desire
If you got to a job you don’t care for, no matter how much love you add, honor yourself by spending time visualizing and asking yourself, “What would it feel like to have a job I love?”Take time to put some energy towards what you dream. You’ll get the universe in motion to help you create a more loving life.
While it is not humanly realistic to love every moment of your life, the more we listen to our hearts, the more loving moments we will have, and the more we’ll notice what needs to change.
My heart may have guided me to a crazy way of getting my taxes / lemons / housecleaning / cooking done, but it worked for me! I sure had a lot more fun along the way than if I had just “put my nose to the grindstone,” as we say.
This week try to honor your heart in the moment, even if the most loving thing you can do is to admit you want more and pray for then manifest better!