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What do you want to do?

Life lessons can come at you in all sorts of different ways. This morning, for some reason, a series of TV commercials for a financial organization surfaced in my thoughts, hitting me with a meaning deeper than the originally intended, “You should bank with us.

Surprisingly enough I was able to find these commercials online, so I’m sharing them here – not out of a desire to promote the organization behind the ads, but rather to give you a better understanding of the inspiration behind my ramblings.

Without oversimplifying things, isn’t life sometimes just THAT straightforward?

If you want to do X, then do X.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can say that I personally spend far too much time making throwaway statements about things I claim I want to do, without having considered whether or not it’s really important to me to actually do these things.

I also let fear talk me into building something I really do want to do into something far more complicated that it actually should be, instead of just getting on with making it happen.

If you want to do X, then do X.

Sometimes it really is that simple.

What do you want to do?
What’s stopping you from doing it?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Elise Davis March 10, 2012

    SO true. I once read that we should look at our actions to determine if what we’re saying is really what we want to do. If I say I really want to climb tall mountains, but I never go outside, then it’s probably not something really in my interest zone. It stuck with me and I often look at my actions to see what it is I enjoy (such as blogging). Sometimes the simplest ideas are smack dab in front of us!
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  • Suzanne March 11, 2012

    I love this. I completely agree. If you want to do it, then do it. I think the other side of this is letting go of the guilt over things that we think we “should” be doing, but don’t really want to. I “should” want to have a “real job”, but what I want to actually do is write. So why shouldn’t I do that? That sort of thing.
    I love that you got your inspiration from bank commercials. It comes from the strangest places sometimes, but I’ll take it!
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    • Dawn
      March 11, 2012

      Very true – misplaced guilt is just a pain in the butt that wastes time and and gets in the way of living a happy life.

      I must say, this may well be the first time I’ve been inspired by a commercial… particularly a BANK commercial!
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  • Masked Mom March 12, 2012

    Queen of the Chickenshit Overthinkers here. (For example, I’m a little chickenshit to use the word “shit” on your blog since I haven’t been around here long enough to know how you feel about it, but I’m hopeful that I will be forgiven.) The list of stuff I would’ve done or would be doing if I hadn’t talked myself out of it is absurdly long and ever-growing.
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