Day 27: Excuses
Oh my! Excuses? I can’t believe that I chose this as a journaling prompt. It’s probably good that I saved it for the last part of the month, as I can only imagine the excuses that I would have come up with to NOT write about it.
You know, as the end of the month draws near, I am admittedly surprised that I have not come up with excuses to not write or to skip a day here and there. It’s Day 27, and I have written everyday on time. There were even a couple of days earlier in the month where I had a few written early, and I’m glad I did since we had a death in the family this month that could have put me behind if I hadn’t been prepared. That would have been a good excuse to pause my writing or quit all together, but thankfully I kept going.
I have been working on making it a conscious effort to not make excuses to do things or to excuse bad behaviors. In the long run, it’s better to just accept it, learn from it and move on instead of excusing it as something normal. However, don’t worry, as I am far away from perfecting this behavior. Just ask my dog, who sometimes doesn’t get his monthly flea/tick and heartworm medication until it’s almost time for the next month. Also, ask my husband about the clutter-filled tables that end up being junk catchers when coming from the car to the door. I’m SO guilty, but I’m working on it.
For the past month or so, my motivation has been slowly waning when it comes to keeping a clean house, picking up after myself, eating better and exercising. I shrugged it off and told myself (others) that it happens every year around this time, and while that seems to be mostly true, it’s still a very (lame) excuse of bad habits. Why does this year have to be like the previous years. I can certainly break that cycle if I truly want to…and I do! I just need to make it happen.
These past 27 days have been an excellent example of starting a good habit of writing every day instead of making excuses as to why I can’t write or no one is reading my writing. I know I can do it!
What are some (lame) excuses that you give? How would you plan to start acting instead of excusing?
“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” ― George Washington
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” ― Steve Maraboli