“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” -Mark Twain
I read this quote by Mark Twain today while doing some internet searching for organization. I’ve ordered a new life organizer- one that promises its just perfect for us artist-types and burned out moms that need a fresh perspective when all other stuffy judgemental approaches have left us wishing for something more inspiring. I’ll let you know how it looks when it comes in.
Meanwhile, I’ve decided that I like the frog eating advice. I know I’ve heard this before along with the “how to eat an elephant” (one bite at a time.) I get stuck on trying to do too much all at once and then end up side tracked by either my own exhaustion or an issue with one of my children and then find that I’ve spend all day doing a little bit of everything but not any of what I’d wanted or planned on doing. Life is full of interruptions – some we bring on ourselves by pure distraction or avoidance. I, like, you, will avoid the biggest most dreaded task on my “list” and maybe even end up forgetting it
on purpose altogether. Much of the time, it was the thing that needed to be done first and most importantly. Those dreaded “things” on our to-do lists are the “frogs”. By the way, have you ever seen a dog eat a frog? Apparently, frogs are very nasty tasting creatures – I’ve yet to see a dog gobble one down like its a yummy gravy soaked milkbone. The silly dog will gag and grimace all while struggling to get the squishy amphibian gulped down.
Eat that frog first and the rest of the day will seem so much easier. (Hopefully it won’t be too bitter a task) I’m gonna start doing this again. I know its just a very simple principle that I’ve done in the past, but somehow have strayed from. Well, I better get up and go “eat that frog!”