Preparing for Tomorrow’s Lazy…

by Cate Diaz

Last night, I hosted a game night in my new house with some friends, wine, and adult-y snacks like a cheese board and homemade guacamole.

As any modern game night would, we ended up plowing through several games, only to end up playing Cards Against Humanity.

Emily soon drew a card that prompted us to fill in the blank on something along the lines of “In the seventh circle of Hell, sinners must endure ____________ for all of eternity.”

When she chose the card with the answer “a sad salad,” we all laughed innocently…

But it is really that funny?

Eating food is a sacred art.

Ritualistic.

The uniform setting of a table.

The preparing of traditional or culturally influenced recipes passed down from generation to generation.

The company chatting in similar accents.

So why do we pack a sad salad for lunch? Or buy Taco Bell or Whataburger and scarf it down shamefully in our cars?

We look down at our watches.

We don’t have time this morning to make lunch before we have to dash to work.

Maybe we work from home, but we tell ourselves we have too much to do, so we grab a frozen item and spend 2 minutes heating it up until it’s lukewarm and soggy.

Those habits tossed together…are the saddest salad of lies.

The truth is, we don’t need to have time to cook lunches during the week. This may come as a surprise, but we also don’t have to rely on personal willpower to come up with a nutritious meal for ourselves midday.

Remember, motivation is a mood.

We’ll never have enough of it.

Every Sunday, I pack my ritual art of cooking a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches into one day.

Healthy. Homemade. Delicious.

For every day of the work week.

If the lazy busy you of tomorrow can’t find the motivation to treat yourself to more than a sad salad, put in the work five days ago.

When you prepare before you have to prepare — you’ve beat the tricky game of motivation.

Like we discussed in a recent episode of Voices of Impact

Keep one eye on the present and one eye on the future.

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