Martha Treats #171
All of Ours to Do
Determining the next action is the crux of completing. And before doing that next action, first there is this decision to make: is this my next action or can I delegate it to someone else? (It’s is good to delegate whenever possible.)
And when there is no one to delegate to, clearly it is ours to do, and we do it. Then there are times where the next action is clear and we just don’t want to do it so we drop it and let someone else pick up the ball.
Recently I observed a couple of simple situations that had me thinking about the actions that are “all of ours to do.” Things like opening the door for a mother with three kids needing an extra arm, or refilling the toilet paper roll at a friends or a public bathroom. It’s not “assigned” to us but it is in front of us and needs to be handled.
I am usually willing to do what I see needing to be done in those situations. I sometimes find myself with some judgment about why the person before me chose not to do it, and then I just move past the judgment and into the “all of ours to do” arena and I do it as if it is mine to do.
When I can open up to the universal “all of ours to do” I complete with gratitude for being able to do. When I call forward my willingness to do I experience the oneness of doing what is there to do.
What if choosing to do what is in front of us to do, as if it is what we are being assigned in that moment, opens us to greater internal freedom and allows us to be grateful for the doing?
1. The next time you want to ignore completing something you see needs to be done, go past the desire to ignore it and do it.
2. Assume that the little things undone that show up are for you to complete.
3. Be grateful for your willingness to do.