It’s pretty difficult to get anything done with a handsome little baby around. I say this not in the sense of, “oh I had a baby and now I never dress myself or shower,” but more in the way of “I need to take 10 more pictures of him making this face because it is literally the cutest thing I have ever seen and what if I need to remember.”
I am fortunate to be able to work from home and hang out with my little. I am also extremely fortunate that I adore the time I spend with him. For those of you who spent any time at all around me while I was pregnant, I was pretty miserable and extremely worried I wouldn’t have that a-ha moment of love when I finally popped the kid out. Good news: I totally did and hallelujah for it. Anyhow, all of this to say, I don’t really struggle with remaining present in the moments I spend with wildman*. It’s basically every other moment.
Recently I was having my ass handed to me in a yoga class when the teacher said, “Do the work. You came here to work; do the work.”
While I was initially annoyed that the non-sweaty instructor (who I assume didn’t recently push out a baby) was bossing me around as if I wasn’t already working hard, I took a deep breath and let those words sink in. They have since stuck with me.
It’s so easy for me to do the same thing I have always done and be satisfied with the same results I have always had, but that isn’t the point. When I have a moment to sit down and work on my business, I need to sit down and do the work. It’s good work, and it’s worth my full attention. The business itself deserves the diligence as does the Mallory who started it.
When I finally make it to yoga and have an hour to myself I need to be present in that moment and do the work. Dozens of little moments throughout the day beg for me to focus and give just a little more intention.
Don’t slack now just because you’re tired. Don’t give in now because you have something else that calls for your attention. Focus and do the good work.
It’s so simple. Frustratingly simple, you could say.
*Yet. I am fully aware that my tiny, adorable human could (and quite possibly will) become an area of my life where I need to be more attentive and present. I’m just riding the high while it’s easy, you know?