Core competency

I’m a tired girl who is barely getting her feet under herself post-steroids, so I browsed in my drafts and found this unpublished post from way back in October.  If you could see my home right now, you would see that it is still relevant.

I was saying to my dad once, years ago, that it wasn’t that I wanted to be perfect.  No, I was ready and willing to settle for being competent.  What did he say to that?  “The problem here is that you want to be competent at everything.”

I suppose that’s true in a limited way.  I do want to be competent at what I consider Basic Living Skills.  Oooh, that sounds like a curriculum!  I think I shall design one.  To get your BLS certification, you must pass the following courses:

Time Management 101 – Being on time, remembering appointments, knowing how long it takes to get from point A to point B, being aware of how many things can you cram into a certain block of time.

Paper Management 101 – Bill paying, filing, which papers to keep and which can be shredded, how long to keep newspapers and magazines.

Home Management 101 – How to make a meal plan and shop for it, how to cook, how to do basic chores (dishes, laundry, dusting and vacuuming).

Personal Management 101 – Healthy nutrition; exercise; personal finances; goal setting and achievement.

Of course, it all hinges on that last word: achievement. It doesn’t matter how much you know; it only matters what you can do. So to pass these courses, you have to actually accomplish each task. Repeatedly. Until they become ingrained habits.

Sign me up.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! that my Quinland-girl has been so self-sufficient this weekend. She is incredibly awesome.
  • I’m lighter! I went to massage. AND to the store. AND out to get a sandwich with Q. I don’t know how safe it was for shaky me to be out on the snowy roads, but I got out there. Then I came home and curled up in a ball for hours. But I was out there today, under my own steam. So I’ve got that going for me.

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