“The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.” – Ogden Nash
I was talking recently with a crazy-busy homeschooling mom of three that I know. Her young children keep her moving from dawn till dusk. Her home is full of fun and games and creativity. It’s the place where all the neighborhood kids, and even their parents, want to hang out. We got talking about habits.
When I mentioned the habit of making your bed every morning she looked at me like I was out of my mind. And I get that. I understand that she has a very full day, that her time is not her own, and that she has much more important things to do than make her own bed every morning.
But here’s my question. Would you be happier if it were done? Would you feel better about yourself if every time you looked in that room, if every time you passed that open door, you saw that your bed was made and that your room was tidy? I’m guessing the answer would be yes.
Something like making your own bed is not a big, noticeable change. No one else need ever know whether you made your bed that day or not. It’s a private part of your life. But you would know. Making your bed every morning is something you do just for you.
The only real benefit it has, other than perhaps impressing your guests, is that it makes you feel better about yourself. Let’s think back again to that busy, young mom. Her entire day is spent in the service of others. Her children. Her husband. What does she do for herself? Not much.
Would making her bed every morning make her feel better about herself? Who knows? But it works for me, and chances are it works for most people. You deserve to get into a tidy, comfortable bed every night. Why not “make” it when you get out of it instead of when you get into it?
If this is a habit you think would help you feel better, then take a minute every day and do it. Changing your attitude first thing in the morning by looking at a freshly made bed could change how you do your work for the whole day. It could even start a ripple effect, so your entire house ends up a little more tidy, and a little more comfortable.
Let that one small thing of making your bed be one small inspiration for your day. If it just isn’t your thing, find something else.
What one small thing can you use to inspire yourself to a better, more comfortable life? Pick one and do it. Every day. Small habits really can change your life for the better.
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