In my house it's a flawed toothbrush holder that tops the list of the most annoying thing that I tolerate. Sitting in the store next to its matching bath accessories it seemed like a good idea. It was shiny and clean and trendy looking. The problem is that it doesn't really hold toothbrushes without considerable care in placement. Place the toothbrush in and it generally slips right through and falls onto the counter ... or worse (and quite often) the floor. Ugh. Pretty intolerable! But yet I've tolerated it daily for years.
Why haven't I bought a new toothbrush holder, you ask? Thanks for pointing that out! First, the one I have matches the set, so being OCD like I am I'd have to replace the whole set. Second, I have browsed many new sets, but haven't found the one I LOVE yet. Honestly, just this week I was shopping for party supplies at a Dollar Store and could have bought a temporary functional replacement there ... for $1! And yet I still walked by. I regretted that choice come bedtime that night. So today I still have the same toothbrush un-holder. (Appropriately re-named, I assure you.)
So what are you tolerating ... Squeaky doors, broken items, clothes that don't fit well, half done projects? If you really think about all the things it might seem overwhelming. How do you put it in perspective and come up with a plan to tackle it? I think the first key to that is awareness. Most of us tolerate things without being aware of how it's affecting us ... take a moment to become aware of the whole impact. It doesn't need to change today (I've been living with that ridiculous bathroom accessory for almost a decade and apparently this will continue for a while longer). But once you're aware of the full impact and see how its' affecting your energy overall you might act sooner rather than later.
Try this ... take a sheet of paper and divide it into 4 columns.
1. In column one quickly jot down everything you can think of that you're tolerating in your space (ex. dirty windows)
2. In column two jot down how it makes you feel (ex. I feel like a bad homemaker)
3. In column three note a couple of resolution possibilities /time and/or cost (A. clean myself - two hours - free B. hire someone - 10 minutes to call a company - $___)
4. In column four, and most importantly, note how it's going to feel once its done. It's important to see how your energy will shift from making the change. (I'm going to smile every time I look out the window.)
Now, remember not to get down on yourself if the list is long, or if it doesn't change right away. This post is not meant to make you feel bad about an endless punch list. It's meant to make you aware ... to empower you. Now you can CHOOSE to keep tolerating or to change it. Even if you tackle just one thing on the list you'll have shifted some energy in your space and I guarantee a positive impact and better feng shui!
Happy tolerating! Feel free to share your stories about what you've been tolerating, or have decided to stop tolerating in the comments below or on the Facebook page. I love the feedback!
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