How to Get Your Life to be the Way You Want it to Be

Okay, first you have to realize that other people’s lives intersect with yours, and you are not going to be able to change anything about them.

But if you want to tweak a few things about how your own days go, here are some suggestions of what has worked for me.

1.)  Best advice my mother ever gave me is this: Depression is to be avoided at all costs!

Writers, artists, musicians, photographers, etc. tend to be blessed with a streak of melancholy.  Keep that melancholy in line!  You grab it — don’t let it grab you.  Nobody can do this for you.  Friends might try to remind you.  Listen, when they do.  But only you can do it.

When you look deep into that hole, do not be charmed by it, do not think it is your tragic destiny, do not rationalize about the creative beauty it can evoke.  That’s a bunch of crap!  YOU are the creative person — not the ethereal sense that wraps around you.

I repeat:  Depression is to be avoided at all costs!

2.)  If you feel overwhelmed, just grab the task in front of you and do it.  No task invites you?  Then wash your kitchen counter.  Or mop a floor.  On your hands and knees if you don’t have arthritis too bad for that.*  Polish your bathroom mirror.  Little stuff like this is easy to do.  Do some more little stuff like this.

Don’t feel as though you have to dive 100% into spring cleaning or self-improvement.  Just do some little thing.  You don’t have to feel like it.  Just do it.  It’s little.  It looks nice when you’re done.  Smile at it.

3.)  Do this first — but it’s no big deal:  Pray.  Doesn’t matter if you don’t believe God will help you, or even that He exists.  Ask Him to help you anyway.  What harm could that do?

*Note about the kitchen floor on hands & knees — I don’t haul out a bucket and scrub brush any more.  I grab a spray bottle of Mr. Clean or some other brand.  I grab the roll of paper towels.  I do it like that.  Pretty easy.  Not a big drawn out affair.  Looks good.  Smells good.  Makes me feel so dang “righteous” when the floor is shining after just a couple minutes worth of scooting around.

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