I am not a pie chart apparently hit a nerve. As I am not alone in casting aside the divided self, I am launching my own movement. I’m calling it SHOULD ANONYMOUS. For those who feel they always should be somewhere else, doing something else, the time has come to own your problem. So say it with me.
I AM NOT A PIE CHART
I’m starting with seven steps. It’s a lucky number. Master one at a time. You can do it.
1. Eat the pie, don’t be the pie. It can be a fruit pie, a pot pie, a pizza pie. The program is pretty forgiving.
2. Busk and bask in the task of tasting (thank you De Jackson) Busking is street performing. Sharing your joy with others. Go out there and do what you do, and savor every second.
3. Sing yourself whole, in harmony (thank you Sarah W. Bartlett). My addendum. Sing loud so I can hear you.
4. Accept that people will inevitably want you to be doing something else. They’ll get over it.
5. “No, thanks” is a sufficient answer.
6. The only should that matters is your own. Choose wisely. Replace “should” with “will” or “won’t” and pick one.
7. If you give up should for yourself, you can’t turn the weapon on someone else. My grammar teacher gave us an instant F for using the word should. Same applies here.
So if you start thinking “I should ….” just remember, people should have enough to eat, we should be able to solve disagreements though collaboration and compromise and the best tasting foods should be calorie free. With so many big shoulds to tackle, we can’t afford to spend so much energy on the insignificant ones.
Feel free to add to the list. You all rock.
Words by J. B. Everett
Photograph by 416Style ©2007 Creative Commons