Don’t make up unnecessary rules….
my friend commented on my declaration
about walking every day…
he was right of course,
a couple of days of walking doesn’t mean
I should resolve to walk everyday.
Should is such a loaded word,
like must, and ought,
they add a layer of guilt,
enable the possibility of failure,
which leads to a downward spiral, where
hitting the bottom I say
I shouldn’t feel like this,
I must have done something wrong,
I ought to do more….
I should try harder,
I must try harder,…
you get the picture….
So, it’s out with the unnecessary rules,
the burdens I place upon myself,
I will change should to “would like to”,
and will promise not to beat myself up if I don’t…
Maybe I am learning to simply be.